The Toulouse specialist in collecting spatial data buys a company to diversify into onshore wind power.
At Toulouse CLS, has just announced the acquisition of Météodyn to add a string to its bow. Already specialized in the collection of spatial data dedicated to the observation and monitoring of the Earth, CLS has acquired Meteodyn (55 employees), a Nantes company specializing in the measurement of the winds necessary for the installation of onshore wind farms. Thanks to data from radar imagery satellites, CLS is able to estimate the strength of the winds and the best place to install wind farms at sea. The amount of the operation has not been disclosed but this external growth will allow the two companies to offer “a complete and unique range of products, advice and services” in the wind and solar sectors, on land and at sea, as well as in climate and weather engineering.
Europe: a € 30 million contract
This combination of services will make it possible to “know the strength and direction of the winds with extreme precision in order to locate the wind turbines in the right place and predict the profitability of the onshore wind farm” assures Christophe Vassal, president of CLS. The Toulouse company is a joint venture between Cnes (33%) and the holding company of the Belgian family Frère (66%). CLS is also the largest shareholder (32%) of Kinéis, a future constellation of 25 nanosatellites which will be launched in 2023 in order to cover the entire Earth and thus connect millions of objects to the Internet.
In the news department, CLS has also just announced that it has been chosen by the European Maritime Safety Agency for a maritime surveillance contract by drones worth € 30 million over four years. Allied to the dronist Tekever, CLS will be able to monitor the sea and the ocean and can even further away a lifeboat that can rescue up to eight people.