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ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF WIND FARMS ON RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS

ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF WIND FARMS ON RADIOCOMMUNICATIONS

ATDI’s leading role in advising radio spectrum users over the impact of wind farms was reinforced with a seminar in the same week as the opening of Europe’s largest onshore facility.

ATDI has been at the forefront of the analysis of turbines’ effect on radars and microwave links highlighting the implications of European governments’ green energy strategy.

The company’s latest seminar on the issue was held prior to the opening of the 140-turbine Whitelee wind farm in Renfrewshire. Attended by representatives from the civil aviation and mobile communications sectors along with military planners, the event looked at the growth in wind farms, their effects on radio spectrum users and the success of ATDI’s flagship software ICS Telecom in assessing and mitigating the impact of turbines.

The event was also attended by leading companies in the wind farms industry, such as Airtricity, a UK leading renewable energy company, along with guest speaker Alan Collinson of radar consultancy CSL. In addition, time was given for a questions and answers session which facilitated a free exchange of views.

“Dialogue is a key issue here,” says ATDI managing director Cyprien de Cosson. “As a company, we are proud of the fact that we have been pointing to the potential problems from wind farms for some time, and we are equally proud that we can facilitate the discussions that will help alleviate those problems.

“Of course, the kind of planning and modelling that ATDI can provide is at the core of these two industries being able to comfortably co-exist, but without dialogue, solutions can never be implemented. It is no surprise that delegates responded so positively to our question and answer session which brought the two sides together.”

The seminar was addressed by ATDI lead engineer Peter Paul and head of engineering, Germany, Torsten Zoehl.

There are 2513 turbines turning in the UK with 124 more set to come on line this year, according to the UK Wind Energy Database.

“It’s an issue too big to ignore and it will only ever get bigger,” Cyprien notes, pointing to the pan-European Union strategy to favour renewable energy over other sources.

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