DeepCLiDAR – Stage 2 Carbon Trust Certified Floating LiDAR

Mar 6, 2024

DeepCLiDAR, designed and built by CLS (a subsidiary of the French Space Agency), in partnership with the University of Maine, has obtained Stage 2 Carbon Trust Certification, making CLS a unique global provider of integrated in-situ, radar satellite, and high-resolution modeling wind solutions for the offshore wind industry.

CLS, a global leader in Earth Observation and surveillance solutions, proudly announces the certification of its DeepCLiDAR Floating LiDAR technology. This achievement allows CLS to offer wind industry operators a unique, comprehensive, and ultra-precise combined wind resource measurement and energy assessment solution. The DeepCLiDAR innovation, extensive experience of in-situ metocean data collection, satellite radar observations, data derivation, and high-resolution wind field modeling, all combine into its SARWind offering. This offering creates a unique suite of services in offshore wind resource assessment.

The global CLS Group has over 30 years of international expertise in site-specific metocean data collection across 5 continents, including Europe, the USA, South Africa, Australia, and Brazil. Experts stationed on each of these continents create a strategic global footprint, enabling CLS to deliver an efficient, agile, and sustainable wind resource assessment solution to the offshore wind community. With decentralized expeditions spanning the globe, CLS ensures flexibility in deployments while maintaining a commitment to sustainability.

The company has established its production facility in Cape Town, achieving self-sufficiency in its production capacity and the ability to offer a solution with the best technical features at the most competitive price. This helps cement CLS’ position as an industry pioneer while reinforcing its dedication to providing cost-effective, cutting-edge solutions for a sustainable future.

Mauricio Fragoso, Director of Energy & Infrastructure – CLS:

“I am extremely proud of our teams who have worked hard and passionately in the offshore energy market over the past 30 years, giving CLS the opportunity to provide the offshore wind community this unique and precise range of services. We are able to address the needs and challenges that we all face in this crucial global phase of the transition towards decarbonized energy. Today, we are ready to deploy our DeepCLiDAR buoys and SARWind services wherever our clients may need them, along with the rest of our solutions that make us a reliable and experienced technical partner for offshore wind farm developments.”

About CLS

CLS is a global company and pioneer provider of monitoring and surveillance solutions for the Earth, created in 1986. We are subsidiary of the French Space Agency (CNES) and CNP, an investment firm. Our mission is to create innovative space-based solutions to understand and protect our planet and to manage its resources sustainably.

CLS employs 900 people at our headquarters in Toulouse (France) and in 30 other sites around the world.

The company works in five strategic markets:

  • Sustainable Fisheries Management
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Maritime Surveillance
  • Mobility
  • Energies and Infrastructures

CLS processes data from 100,000 transponders per month (such as drifting buoys, animal tags, VMS transponders, & LRIT tracking) and observes the oceans and inland waters (more than 20 instruments onboard satellites daily deliver information to CLS on the world’s seas and oceans). In addition, we monitor land and sea activities by satellite (nearly 20,000 radar and optical images and several hundred drone flights are processed each year). The CLS Group had revenue of nearly 180 million Euros in 2023.

Committed to a sustainable planet, the company daily works for the Earth, from Space.


CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing French space policy in Europe. It designs and puts satellites into orbit and invents the space systems of tomorrow; it promotes the emergence of new services useful in everyday life. Founded in 1961, CNES has developed major space projects, launchers, and satellites and is the industry’s natural partner for promoting innovation. The agency has nearly 2,500 employees passionate about space and its infinite, innovative fields of application. They work in five areas: the Ariane project, science, observation, telecommunications, and defense. CNES is a major player in technological innovation, economic development, and France’s industrial policy. It also forges scientific partnerships and is involved in many international cooperative endeavors. France, represented by CNES, is the one of the main contributors to the European Space Agency (ESA).


CNP is an investment firm founded by Mr. Albert Frère and exclusively managed by the Frère family. CNP invests its permanent capital for control or joint-control of European industry leaders and acts as an active partner to drive sustainable value creation alongside the founders, management and families it associates with. Together with GBL, CNP is one of the 2 pillars of Groupe Frère that manages net assets of approximately € 5.5Bn.