Action on wind farm radar threat to aircraft
problem of commercial and military aircraft disappearing in radar blackout zones
caused by wind farms.
company, to design the world’s first system for allowing radar to see through
wind farm interference.
screens. As the area and number of these wind farms has increased, the number
of radar blackout zones has also risen. Aircraft passing through the area can
disappear in the blackout and air traffic controllers can lose their exact position.
behind interference from offshore wind farms and approach Britain undetected.
past we have objected to the development of a number of wind farms that threaten
aircraft safety. We need a system that can eliminate this problem."
wind farm noise from other radar signals. This will effectively allow air traffic
controllers to see through the wind farms. The company, which is the largest manufacturer
of radar systems in the world, hopes to complete the project by the end of next
year. Once completed, it will also be deployed in the Netherlands.
the number of wind farms grows, there are more and more of these radar black holes.
They show up as clutter on the radar screen and the concern is that aircraft approaching
from behind the turbines or flying over them cannot be seen."
the algorithms that allow us to discriminate between turbines and aircraft. It
is called clutter erasure."
dioxide producing energy sources.
The 140 turbines cover an area of 55 square kilometres and are each 110 metres
high. The wind farm will generate enough electricity to power 250,000 homes.