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On the radar
19/09/2011 | Channel:
Health & Safety, IT / Technology, Equipment
Cambridge Consultants has announced it has been selected by Glasgow Prestwick Airport to provide the first stage in a radar mitigation system design to solve the problem of interference by wind farms.
This turbine radar mitigation system design and Part 1 Safety Case will be based on Cambridge Consultants’ groundbreaking Holographic Radar technology, and potentially removes a major barrier to wind farm development.
The region surrounding Glasgow Prestwick Airport (GPA) is strategically important to the growth of the UK wind industry, with the potential for hundreds of turbines. However, this cannot be developed without an effective solution to mitigate interference to the airport’s Primary Radar systems that would be caused by the turbines. Many competing technical solutions have been proposed to deal with this issue, but Cambridge Consultants’ Holographic Radar was found to best suit GPA’s operational requirement and offers greater deployment flexibility than current alternative technologies.
Cambridge Consultants has worked extensively with aviation and wind energy stakeholders to create a technical solution that fully meets their requirements.
Anne Mackenzie, group manager at Infratil Airports Europe, owners of GPA commented: “We are supporting holographic radar as it is a no-degradation solution that can operate at low level without loss of cover. Not only is it spectrum friendly, but its 3D plots also make seamless integration into existing radar displays easier. As a modular system, it should make the rollout of mitigation solutions for various wind farms more straightforward. The result of this work will be an essential building block for a robust mitigation strategy for GPA, in an environment where safety is paramount.”