A new £2 million innovation technology challenge has been launched to ensure future wind farms will not affect the UK’s Air Defence radar system.
The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) hopes to find a solution that might alleviate the impact offshore wind turbines could have on Military of Defence (MOD) military and civilian radar.
The DASA programme hopes to fund a number of contracts up to £500,000.
It is leading the work on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Royal Air Force, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Adam Moore, DASA delivery manager said: “Crucial innovation like this is vital if we are to meet our renewable energy targets.
“This competition will not only help us meet our green energy needs but it will help boost UK pros-perity, entrepreneurs and innovators by investing in their game-changing technology.
“DASA is proud to be working closely with BEIS, the RAF and Dstl to lead this important work which could transform the UK’s approach to offshore wind power generation.”
Defence minister Jeremy Quin claimed the UK has an “incredible skills base” that will create a solution to “harness the power of wind turbines whilst ensuring our air defence standards.”
“Defence Technologies have a huge amount to offer the demands of the 21st century UK – including addressing the challenge of climate change.”