PGE Baltica has completed its first full year of wind measurements in the Baltica 1 project area, thus successfully completing Phase I of the measurement campaign to capture the full seasonality in the recorded measurement data. As the analysts point out, the consistency of the measurement was undisturbed, and the required threshold for data availability was met.
The results of these measurements and accurate data on wind speed and direction for a full year will allow a preliminary analysis of the wind resources and productivity of the planned Baltica 1 wind farm. The remaining meteorological and oceanographic data, on the other hand, will be used to continue the work at the stage of the detailed design of individual elements of the farm.
At the same time, PGE Baltica will continue measurements in the Baltica 1 area for another year. One year’s measurements are the minimum necessary, but another year will give an even more complete picture of offshore conditions.
The survey uses a special measuring device with floating LiDAR technology about 85 km offshore. It uses light from a laser beam that reflects off suspended particles in the air and returns to the device. By analyzing the reflected signal, the device estimates the speed of the air masses moving over it. The equipment allows wind surveys up to about 200 meters above sea level. Additional sensors mounted on the buoy also make measuring the movement of waves and sea currents possible.
The Baltica 1 project, with a capacity of about 0.9 GW, is scheduled for commissioning after 2030.