UK government offers £3.6 million for offshore wind air defence solutions

In: Windfarms
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have announced the continuation of the ‘Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence’ competition.

The development of wind turbine sites can have an adverse impact on civil and military air traffic control, and air defence surveillance. DASA would like to see technology in Phase 2 of the competition can be developed to support the coexistence of offshore wind farms and UK air defence systems.

Phase 2 of competition will launch on 20 April 2021 with a closing date of 15 June 2021. Further guidance on applying for Phase 2 will be available in April. Total funding of up to £3.6 million over two financial years is available for Phase 2 of the competition, from which DASA expect to fund 5-6 projects.

DASA is looking for alternative technologies that could reduce radar clutter caused by offshore wind farms, improve the probability of intruder detections and boost the capability to fill or remove gaps in radar coverage. It is also seek alternatives to radar, solutions to the cumulative effect of wind farm development, metasurfaces applied to, or alterations to the design of, the wind turbines and alterations to the initial radar signal or radar station or processing of the return.

The competition is funded by the BEIS Net Zero Innovation Portfolio and is undertaken in partnership with the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and DASA.

In Phase DASA awarded contracts to Thales, QinetiQ, Saab, TWI and Plextek DTS to fast-track their ideas for technologies that can mitigate the impacts of wind farms on the UK’s air defence radar system.

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