ZX Lidars

ZX Lidars

We are ZX Lidars.

Accurate, Accepted, Affordable Lidars.

Measure the wind higher, further and faster than traditional met masts. ZX Lidars are powerful tools in any wind measurement toolbox: in Wind Farm Development, Site Construction through to Site and Project Operations, and in other Weather Monitoring activities.

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Operate in all climates, reduce wind measurement uncertainty and increase project and design value. Manage your wind resource risk and optimise your assets by employing the original and single most validated wind industry Lidar available.

Our product family – ZX 300, ZX 300M and ZX TM – allows for accurate, accepted and affordable wind measurements onshore, offshore, and from existing structures such as wind turbines.

Our measurement services team – ZX Measurement Services – provides Wind Data as a Service for a full turnkey Lidar, Sodar, Met Mast and ancillaries approach to project data.

And, in case of any confusion – we were formerly ZephIR Lidar!! Same team, just with some new great Lidars!

Country: United Kingdom

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ZX 300 Onshore Wind Lidar

ZX 300 Onshore Wind Lidar
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Full IEC Classification, the longest service and warranty period as standard of any Lidar and accepted by DNV GL as a Stage 3 Bankable Lidar.

ZX 300 at a glance:

  • Remotely measure the wind from 10 to 200+ metres above ground
  • Reduce your measurement uncertainty by measuring higher than a met mast and by mobilising measurements across a whole site
  • Better manage health & safety requirements on site with no need to work at height
  • Be flexible within your planning applications by using a low visual impact, low height device
  • Start your measurement campaign tomorrow with little or no site preparation or planning permits required
  • ZX 300 is fully IEC Classified to IEC 61400-12-1: 2017
  • Take confidence from our 3 year Warranty and Service Interval.

ZX 300 represents a mid-life upgrade of our established ZephIR 300 wind Lidar, originally launched in 2011. New features include:

  • Modernised internal components. These benefits are realised through increased in-field performance and long-term serviceability. ZX 300 is provided as standard with an extensive 36 month return-to-base warranty – the longest of any Lidar
  • Real-time Quality Controlled 1-second data. This new best-in-class resolution of wind data enables emerging Lidar applications within the wind, meteorological and associated industries such as crane lifts and helicopter operations. No other Lidar provides a full 360° wind field calculation derived from just one second of data.
  • Refreshed User Interface. Additional contrast modes and streamlined menu systems promote easier navigation when deploying and configuring ZX 300
  • Performance Verification against Golden Lidar provided as standard.

In addition, ZX 300 features optimised processing for improved wind data quality control. Extensive field demonstrations have been performed on ZX 300 at the UK Remote Sensing Test Site, with analysis of deployments spanning several years over all seasons and weather conditions with results showing excellent performance and a step forward in the existing accuracy that is considered Stage 3, suitable for standalone wind energy assessments, by DNV GL. ZX 300 is fully IEC Classified to IEC 61400-12-1: 2017.

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ZX 300M Offshore Wind Lidar

ZX 300M Offshore Wind Lidar
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The industry standard offshore Lidar, available on all commercial floating buoys and designed for any offshore platform.

ZX 300M at a glance:

  • 10 to 200+ metre wind measurements from deck
  • Specifically designed for the offshore environment with enhanced marinisation
  • Extensive 3 year service period ensuring the lowest cost of ownership of any offshore Lidar available
  • Installed and proven for use on all market-ready floating Lidar platforms
  • Validated across multiple pre-commercial floating deployments and as mast replacements on fixed platforms
  • ZX 300M is fully IEC Classified to IEC 61400-12-1: 2017.

ZX 300M features include:

  • Our Continuous Wave laser measures the Line of Sight wind speed every 20 milliseconds to ‘freeze’ any motion encountered
  • Multi-layered, highly insulated, plastic moulded Lidar housing, with additives to provide high UV stability and improved marine growth resistance
  • Highest grade of marine connectors available for all peripheral items, 2000+hrs salt spray tested
  • Custom stainless steel frame to allow for ease of handling and efficient securing to any platform surface
  • Marine met station with improved yaw determination, for floating offshore platforms
  • Stainless steel window wiper system with silicone wiper blade
  • External cooling system / air movement fans upgraded to IP 68

Extensive field demonstrations have been performed on ZX 300M at the UK Remote Sensing Test Site, with analysis of deployments spanning several years over all seasons and weather conditions with results showing excellent performance and accuracy that is considered Stage 3, suitable for standalone wind energy assessments, by DNV GL. ZX 300M is fully IEC Classified to IEC 61400-12-1: 2017.

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ZX TM Turbine Mounted Wind Lidar

ZX TM Turbine Mounted Wind Lidar
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Optimise wind turbines, wind farms and wind projects with the only Lidar capable of measuring full turbine shear, veer and wakes.

ZX TM at a glance:

  • Remotely measure the wind ahead of wind turbines from 10m to 500m+
  • Accurately and automatically detect complex flow conditions such as wakes
  • Compensate for turbine movement automatically for accurate measurements above ground level, e.g. hub height
  • See a turbine’s true potential with an independent Power Performance Measurement
  • Remove cup anemometer or Nacelle Transfer Funciton uncertainty or calibration issues
  • Application and campaign-focussed User Interface ensuring ease of data handling
  • Standard industry-accepted methodologies and measurements for: Power Curves, Nacelle Transfer Function calibration including Yaw Alignment, and Wake Detection
  • Extensive 3 year service period ensuring the lowest cost of through-life ownership
  • Suitable for installation on all major turbine platforms

ZX TM features include:

  • Lidar Control Unit (LCU) mounted in the nacelle, Lidar Optical Head (LOH) mounted on the Turbine Integration Kit (TIK) which is mounted on to the nacelle roof
  • 10 Horizontal measurement ranges and up to 13 Vertical Slices at each range – the most comprehensive measurement capability of any Lidar, delivering Rotor Equivalent Wind Speed and Slices for IEC Power Curves
  • Extensive 3 year service life as standard
  • High availability with all laser energy focussed at each measurement range, with low susceptibility to turbine blades due to short measurement integration time (50Hz)
  • High Lidar directional positional accuracy on turbine essential for any set point changes relative to rotor alignment using unique patented  auto-alignment technique
  • “Application mode” software helping you to define Key Performance Indicators, campaign duration and to include turbine parameters, in addition to the initial installation and easy configuration of the Lidar

Improve the Levelised Cost of Energy of a wind farm with ZX TM by producing more energy for the same cost, reducing operating costs for the same production and increasing project value with more certain wind measurements.

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ZX 300 Onshore Wind Lidar

ZX 300 Onshore Wind Lidar

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ZX 300M Offshore Wind Lidar

ZX 300M Offshore Wind Lidar

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ZX TM Turbine Mounted Wind Lidar

ZX TM Turbine Mounted Wind Lidar

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