Wind Farms, ATC Headaches, and 3D Radar

posted Nov 2, 2011, 6:58 PM by Winston Cutshall
According to the Department of Energy, Texas has over 10,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity installed.  I would have expected that the Texas wind footprint would be continuing to grow by leaps and bounds, but I was surprised to learn a dirty secret about wind turbines that is keeping the wind farms from growing or moving closer to cities. It turns out that the turbine blades are reflecting primary radar returns, and creating quite a headache for ATC controllers.  This is such a problem that many wind projects have been denied or delayed because of their potential to interfere with ATC operations. Take a look at the following links, and learn about the proposed solution to the problem – 3D holographic radar!   If this sounds a little outlandish, keep in mind that the incubator that created this concept is the same group that brought us a little technology called Bluetooth... 

Cambridge Consultants Discusses Aveillant And Their Proprietary 3D Holographic Radar.

http://www.cambridgeconsultants.com/news_pr305.html

Original Article About Wind Farm Radar Interference
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/business/energy-environment/27radar.html?_r=4&ref=technology



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