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Funding for innovative ideas to mitigate radar risk of wind farms

12 March 2020

Search for projects that could mitigate impact of wind farms on UK's Air Defence

The Ministry of Defence's innovation hub - Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) - is looking for proposals for innovative solutions that could alleviate the impact of off-shore wind turbines on military and civilian radar systems.

DASA has launched a £2 million competition in search of new technologies, with a number of Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) contracts of up to £500, 000 available.

Currently, more than half of current wind farm developments are subject to objections from the aviation sector. This is because of the potential of offshore wind farms to disrupt primary surveillance radar operations. With accelerated deployment of offshore wind farms needed to meet the green goals set out in legislation, there is a clear need to mitigate the impact of wind turbines on radar and allow the wind farm developments to go ahead.

The competition therefore has four challenges:

  • alternatives to radar
  • technologies applied to the wind turbine or installation
  • technologies applied to the radar, its transmission, or its return
  • technological mitigations that meet the scope but are not covered by above challenges

Proposals for funding to meet these challenges must be submitted by midday on 17 April 2020 via the DASA submission service, for which you will be required to register.

Read more about this competition and apply.

Further guidance on submitting a proposal is available on the DASA website.

Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence briefing event
A dial-in event will take place on Thursday 26 March 2020 to provide the overview to the competition, with the competition team, including the technical partners and military advisors, available to take questions in an open forum.

Register for the dial-in event before 18:00 on 23 March 2020.