IEA Wind TCP Task 52

Large-Scale Deployment of Wind Lidar

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Task 52 Overview

IEA Wind Task 52, also referred to as ‘Wind Lidar’ Task is a relaunch of Task 32, which in the last nine years supported successfully international collaboration on different wind lidar related topics and applications. In its three phases, Task 32 participants delivered two reports on recommended practices (IEA Wind RP 15 on ground-based remote sensing for wind resource assessment and RP 18 on the application of floating lidar systems) now widely accepted by the wind industry, several expert reports, scientific papers and conference contributions.
Task 52 will build on these achievements but at the same time further make sure that wind lidar is used by the industry in the best way and by this support the growth of onshore and offshore wind equally.

Offical start date of Task 52 has been 1 June 2022 — the current phase has a scheduled duration of four years with 31 May 2026 as end date.

For more details see our posters which were presented at the WindEurope Technology Workshop 2022 and EERA DeepWind 2024 conference, respectively: WindEuropeTechWorkshop_2022_PO083 Poster_171_LargeScaleDeploymentOfWindLidar_JGottschall

Mission and Vision

Task 52 mission: Our members work together on research to make wind lidar the best and preferred wind measurement tool for wind energy applications.

With this, our vision is that in the future, using wind lidar will be easy and will bring advantages and opportunities that enable the deployment of wind energy.

Four Themes - Seven Active Working Groups

To follow up on our mission, we have specified four central themes with dedicated deliverables planned for the upcoming 4-year period of the Task.

Theme #1 “Universal inflow characterisation”

Working group (no. 1) on Turbulence Intensity (for more details see: IEA-Wind-Task-52_Working-group-1_TI)

Working group (no. 2) on Lidar Assisted Control (IEA-Wind-Task-52_Working-group-2_LAC)

Theme #2 “Replacing met masts”

Working group (no. 3) on Complex terrain (IEA-Wind-Task-52_Working-group-3_CT)

Working group (no. 4) on Cold climate (IEA-Wind-Task-52_Working-group-4_Cold-climate)

Working group (no. 8) on Nacelle lidar in complex terrain (IEA-Wind-Task52_Working-group-8_NacelleMountedLidar_in_ComplexTerrain)

Theme #3 “Connecting wind lidar”

Working group (no. 5) on Digitalisation (IEA-Wind-Task-52_Working-group-5_Digitalisation)

Working group (no. 7) on Lidar ontology (IEA-Wind-Task-52_Working-group-7-LidarOntology)

Theme #4 “Accelerating offshore wind deployment”

Working group (no. 6) on Scanning lidar offshore (IEA-Wind-Task-52_Working-group-6_Offshore-SL)

Working group (no. 9) on Floating lidar (to be established mid 2024)


Operating Agent / Task Manager

Julia Gottschall (, Fraunhofer IWES

(Operating Agent) Fraunhofer IWES

Am Seedeich 45,
27572 Bremerhaven