Last Updated: 03/22/2013*

As nations explore renewable energy sources, the development and operation of wind farms has increased across the globe.

Wind turbines, however, produce not only green power, but also a Doppler effect that interferes with nearby air traffic control systems. This wind farm noise, or “clutter,” can result in radar blind zones with reduced aircraft detection capability. Wind turbines’ spinning blades can also appear on radar screens as airplanes, rendering it difficult for air traffic controllers to discriminate between false and genuine aircraft targets.

Raytheon technology, including software algorithms and processing architecture, allows air traffic systems to discriminate between turbines and aircraft. Mitigating the effect of wind farm interference allows for more efficient flight routes and enables the adoption of this alternative energy source while ensuring flight safety. Raytheon solutions are available for new air traffic management systems and can be retrofitted for existing radars.

Raytheon is also developing modeling tools to evaluate the effect of proposed wind farms before they are built to better place turbines and reduce the likelihood of radar interference.

More information:

Raytheon to Supply Wind Turbine Mitigation Technology to the Netherlands Ministry of Defence

 

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Raytheon Technology Mitigates the Effect of Wind Farm Interference on Air Traffic Control
Raytheon technology allows for more efficient flight routes and enables the adoption of this alternative energy source while ensuring flight safety.

 

 

 

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