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The Challenge

Wind-farms can interfere with the radar that the aviation industry needs to operate safely.

The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change reported that in 2010 more than two-thirds of all wind-farm applications were subject to objections from the aviation and defence sectors.

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What’s the problem?

There are three issues with wind-farms and the aviation industry:

  • Wind turbines are tall structures which cannot be built near airports as they would interfere with the airport’s safeguarded zone
  • Aviation radars cannot see through wind turbines, so an aircraft flying behind a wind turbine – as viewed from the radar scanner – disappears from the air traffic controllers’ radar screen, and in addition
  • Wind turbines show up on air traffic control radar screens as ‘clutter’, which can be mistaken for aircraft.

The aviation and renewable energy industries have been working for some time to develop a system which removes wind turbine ‘clutter’ from radar displays whilst still displaying the aircraft tracks, but – until the development of SMARTENER™ - the proposed mitigations have been either unreliable or prohibitably expensive. As a result, some wind-farm developments have been abandoned as they were deemed commercially unviable.

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the challenge

Wind-farms can interfere with the radar that the aviation industry needs to operate safely...

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SMARTENER™ - an acronym for SMall Area Real Target ENhancER - removes wind turbine clutter from radar...

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