The company has prepared a report relating to a wind farm in the Faroe Islands identifying the impact of inference on existing radio communication systems. The study also provided expert proof that due process had been applied which supported the planning permission for the proposed construction. Objectors to wind farms point to the turbines’ potential to reflect and obstruct radiocommunications and use this as a political lever. That factor is a particular issue in this instance as the proposed development is close to a hilltop mast broadcasting television and radio signals and microwave links.
“Network operators must ensure that any proposed developments don’t impact their ability to broadcast. On the same vein developers have to be ready for everything their opponents throw at them.” says ATDI lead engineer Paul Grant, “It’s expert services, such as those supplied by ATDI, which provide dispassionate, accurate planning and modelling of the turbines’ impact which are key at the planning/application stage.”
ATDI has been providing expert consultancy to wind farm developers and network operators for over a decade and has analysed the effects of everything from one turbine on a university roof to some of Europe’s biggest developments.
“Organisations tend to involve us at an early stage of planning,” Paul notes. “If a proposed turbine is going to be a problem, it is far better for the company to know about it before construction starts. It’s a truism we often use that it is easier to move a turbine across a plan than across a field.”
Wind power is of growing importance to the Faroese economy. As a nation regularly gripped by Atlantic gales, it has a huge natural resource that it is now converting into hard cash.