Britain’s largest wind farm developer is hoping to avert conflict with the Ministry of Defence by striking a new deal to develop turbine-friendly radar systems. Scottish Power will sign a major agreement with Cambridge-based radar developer Aveillant in a race to save future offshore wind projects worth tens of billions of pounds from an MoD-imposed ban. Military chiefs have warned the wind industry they will oppose projects if their spinning blades interfere with military radar used for surveillance. The looming threat has been under discussion behind closed doors for years but the need for action has accelerated due to the rapid development of offshore wind technology which has resulted in larger blades with each project. The next generation of turbine is likely to be double the size of turbines used a decade ago as developers build larger blades in a bid to reduce costs.
Telegraph 15th July 2018 read more »