New technology to ensure future windfarms will not affect the UK’s Air Defence radar system will be developed as part of a £2m innovation competition launched today – a move which could pave the way for a significant boost to the UK’s renewable energy growth.
Proposals for innovative solutions and advances in technology that alleviates the impact off-shore wind turbines could have on military and civilian radar systems are being sought by the MOD’s innovation hub, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).
DASA is leading the work on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Royal Air Force, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said:
Defence technologies have a huge amount to offer the demands of the 21st century UK – including addressing the challenge of climate change.
We have an incredible skills base in the UK and this initiative will harness the power of wind turbines whilst ensuring our air defence standards.
Wg Cdr Helena Ramsden, Air Capability Development, RAF Air Command, said:
We are investing in cutting-edge innovation and harnessing the best technology from the brightest minds in the country.
This competition demonstrates our commitment to keeping the skies above the UK safe from aerial threats whilst accelerating crucial work to allow the nation to do more to combat climate change.