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Radar technology to open up 4GW of UK wind power

Technology ends MOD objection to wind farms built near air defence radars

Building wind turbines near to radar technology will open up 4GW of wind power
Building wind turbines near to radar technology will open up 4GW of UK wind power

The MOD has agreed a deal for developers to fund new wind farm-friendly radars, with the potential to unlock more than 4GW of renewable energy, enough to power over two million homes.

The Air Defence radar, which is not adversely affected by wind farms, has been installed and tested on the Norfolk coast, releasing the potential development of 3.3GW of renewable energy.

Until recently, the MOD has objected to wind farms located near air defence radars due to the interference caused by the turbine blades.

The two new wind farm-friendly radars in Northumberland and Yorkshire, replacing existing radar, provide the potential to remove objections to multiple future wind farms, estimated to be able to provide in total over 750MW of renewable energy.

In an award-winning follow on deal, the MOD has ordered two more of the wind farm-friendly radars, funded by developers, which will be installed in Northumberland and Yorkshire, unlocking a further 750MW of renewable energy. This deal will promote further development of wind farms and help the government reduce carbon emissions.

Andrew Robathan, minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans, said: “The MOD was instrumental in convincing the energy companies to collaborate and jointly fund the cost of the radar, meeting operational requirements and ultimately enabling the generation of more renewable energy. This is good news for all parties to this arrangement”

On behalf of the MOD, the SERCO group has installed a Lockheed Martin TPS-77 Air Defence Radar near Cromer, on the Norfolk coast. The MOD has removed planning objections to five further offshore wind farms in the Greater Wash. The new TPS-77 was delivered in a project between SERCO, Lockheed Martin, the MOD’s defence equipment and support team and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, to produce a radar not affected by wind farm turbine blades.

Energy minister Charles Hendry, said: “We must rapidly increase the levels of home-grown clean energy produced in the UK. Wind farms and other forms of renewable energy will help boost our energy security, and ultimately our national security. I am pleased that an outcome has been reached that is beneficial to our national security, energy security and decarbonisation goals.”