United Kingdom: £3.8 million in contracts awarded to mitigate the radar risk of windfarms
- Sep 28, 2021 5:04 pm GMT
Funded through the BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio and delivered by MOD, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) with the support of the
Offshore wind will play a key role in delivering the net zero ambition by 2050, with a government commitment to scale it up to 40GW by the end of the decade. To achieve net zero targets, the
The Windfarm Mitigation for
Technologies that were submitted during the competition include:
alternative technologies that could reduce radar clutter caused by offshore windfarms
improvements to the probability of intruder detection
the capability to fill or remove gaps in radar coverage
alternatives to radar
solutions to the cumulative effect of windfarm development
metasurfaces applied to, or alterations to the design of, the wind turbines
alterations to the initial radar signal or radar station or processing of the return
“Offshore wind will play a major role in achieving our Net Zero Targets. The technology being developed in this competition will help the
“In addition, the technology being developed will help boost
“Phase 2 of this competition develops on the Phase 1 activities and moves further to identify operational systems that will help enable the coexistence of offshore windfarms and the UK’s Air Defence and ATC surveillance systems.”
Aviation and windfarms working together
Seven projects led from six organisations have been awarded Phase 2 funding to fast-track their innovative solutions. The organisations are:
Phase 2 Funding: £392,605
Their solution introduces advanced nano-scale Radar Absorbing Material (nRAM) at the manufacturing stage of offshore windfarms, ensuring RF absorption is integrated into the base materials of offshore windfarms.
Phase 2 Funding: £599,692
To incorporate Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques into air defence radar, providing a trusted air surveillance picture in noisy and cluttered environments.
Phase 2 Funding: £600,000
Their solution is to deliver Frame (Full Radar Absorbing Materials and Equipment) to mitigate wind turbine radar interference.
Phase 2 Funding: £481,019
To design and demonstrate multistatic, staring radar systems using a validated synthetic environment, to provide continuous all-weather air surveillance in and around windfarms.
Phase 2 Funding: £599,970
A solution to synchronise two remote Holographic radars to demonstrate synchronised multi-static staring radar (MSAR), to reduce the impact of windfarm clutter and enhance detection and tracking performance.
Phase 2 Funding: £505,938
A solution involving multiple low-cost, multi-role, passive sensors on the nacelles of wind turbines that can transform the turbines from being a radar disrupter, to becoming the eyes and ears of an advanced air defence.
Phase 2 Funding: £600,000
A solution to develop a novel metasurface manufacturing method for the mitigation of radar clutter caused by windfarms.
These solutions will help ensure the continued development of vital wind turbine sites, without impacting military AD and ATC.
What happened in Phase 1?
This follows on from Windfarm Mitigation for
Phase 1 identified and advanced multiple promising routes for windfarm radar mitigation, such as new radar signal processing methods or radar absorbing treatments and applying metamaterials to control the radar signature of wind turbines. Additional findings recommended a hybrid approach, involving changes to both radar and turbine design to solve the problem in the long term. Phase 2 studies aim to clarify this further. Read more about it here.
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