Aveillant’s holographic radar could solve wind farm interference issues

17 July 2013 (Last Updated July 17th, 2013 18:30)

UK-based technology company Aveillant has successfully demonstrated the deployment of its holographic radar designed to eliminate wind turbines from airport radars.

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UK-based technology company Aveillant has successfully demonstrated the deployment of its holographic radar designed to eliminate wind turbines from airport radars.

The two-week demonstration at Prestwick Airport in the UK involved the deployment of two holographic radars and the collection of data integrated into an offline air traffic control (ATC) system.

Aveillant demonstrated the reliability of its holographic radar by detecting both wind turbines and aircraft, as well as differentiating between the two.

Delegates who attended the demonstration included Scottish Government, DECC, the Civil Aviation Authority, Coventry Airport, Prestwick Airport, E.ON and Scottish Power.

Aveillant CEO David Crisp said that on one day there was no wind and so turbines weren't turning and showing up at all on the radar.

"Suddenly it picked up and delegates could see a turbine appear on the radar and then disappear within seconds," Crisp said.

"For many this was the evidence they needed to confirm that we can intelligently monitor the area and spot and remove wind turbines, and that we are not just blanking out the area."

"Aveillant demonstrated the reliability of its holographic radar by detecting both wind turbines and aircraft, as well as differentiating between the two."

The demonstration also showed a radar screen clear of wind turbine impacts, while displaying aircraft transiting the airspace, integrated into the ATC display.

In May 2013, Aveillant deployed its HR5 radar during trials by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to deal with the impact of wind farms on radar.

HR5 is a single array with a five nautical mile range and is the smaller version of the UK firm's 20 nautical mile product currently being developed.

In October 2012, Aveillant collaborated with Saab Sensis and demonstrated an end-to-end wind farm radar clutter removal solution, using Aveillant's 3D holographic radar and primary surveillance radar (PSR).

Following the trials, Aveillant is now planning to launch the commercial version of the product.


Image: The demonstration shows that Aveillant's holographic radar would reduce the impact of wind farms on radar. Photo: courtesy of Leaflet.