Windar Photonics is launching their laser technology which promises to optimize the output of windmills with 3-5 % and they have in 2012 hired the experienced executive Martin Rambusch to make sure that the technology's large potential is fully utilized. Also SEED Capital has invested in the company.
Windar is a Danish startup, who have developed a sensor (a so called LIDAR), which is able to measure the direction and speed of the wind up to 100 meters in front of the wind turbine. The sensor allows the turbine time to optimize its position according to the wind, which improves the output of the windmill and minimizes wear and tear.
Today there already exists a number of LIDARs on the market and it is the expectation of the industry that looking forward, it will be a generic demand for all windmills that they are able to optimize their position according to the wind. Windar's solution is however more compact and delivers the same results as the competitors at a lower price. The intention is to get the technology built into new windmills as a standard part. Also the company is looking at the current owners of windmills who could be interested in optimizing their current power output.
Windar made Proof-of-concept of their technology i 2010 and hereafter the venture capital fund SEED Capital has invested 1 million € in the company with the intention of supporting their entry into the market. In 2012 the company hired Martin Ramusch as CEO. Martin is former CEO of Svendborg brakes who was also a supplier to the windmill industry and which was sold for 1,7 billion €.
Windar is launching their technology in September at the gigantic HUSUM wind fair in Germany, and with them they have distributor agreements with two large Danish suppliers - FT Technologies and MITA teknik - who are both strong players on the global wind market.