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TURNING THE TIDE WITH WIND FARMS

TURNING THE TIDE WITH WIND FARMS

TURNING THE TIDE WITH WIND FARMS

Environmental experts this week suggested that, by 2030, humanity will need the resources of two Earths to support us.

The World Wide Fund for Nature warned in stark terms in its Living Planet 2012 report that fossil fuel consumption is creating unsustainable levels of carbon as well as using up reserves at an alarming rate.

“We’re pleased that our work with wind farms is making a contribution to countering these problems,” comments ATDI managing director Peter Paul. “Wind farms are the ultimate in green energy but, of course, they are often opposed because they come with a slew of potential problems for radar operators and other telecommunication services. ATDI is proud of its extensive experience in mitigating and eliminating those problems and thereby creating the conditions in which turbines can be built and operated.”

The potential problems caused by wind farms centres on the turbine tips. The speed at which they rotate can cause radars to give a false position for aircraft.
Image: Radar beam from Doppler radar intercepted by wind turbine rotor

“ATDI has worked with wind farm developers across Europe as well as air traffic controllers and military radar operators to ensure that these issues are identified at the outset and alleviated before operations begin,” Peter comments. “We start our work at the planning stage of any new wind farm and analyse the possible interference effects of all individual turbines then suggest mitigation solutions where they are needed. That benefits everybody because it’s a lot easier to move a turbine across a plan than across a field.”

Peter notes that the assurances ATDI has been able to give that the turbines will have no significant impact on radio systems has reduced opposition to new wind farms.

“Our first work in this area was nearly 10 years ago,” he says, “and in the intervening decade we have amassed a huge amount of experience. Wind farms are an emotionally-charged issue – on both sides of the argument – and we have learned to add diplomacy and sensitivity to local politics to our technical expertise. In addition, ATDI has joined forces with key industry specialists to provide expert advice in areas of radars, propagation modelling and aviation.

“It’s a fascinating sector to work in and, in getting it right; everybody wins – locally, nationally and globally.”

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