The company started to apply its Holographic Radar™ technology to the wind farm aviation interference issue back in 2007 as part of its Clean Technology business. It became clear that to meet the wind industry’s targeted growth a no-compromise solution was needed and that existing technologies were inadequate. To properly address the issue, a form of radar that could differentiate between a wind turbine and aircraft was essential – clearly a good fit for Holographic Radar™.
In 2009, the unique capability of this Holographic Radar™ was recognised when successful trials of a small scale system for the MoD led to sponsorship for a proposal to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC’s) Aviation Advisory panel. Consequently in 2010, the UK Government’s Aviation Management Board selected Holographic Radar™ as the leading radar in-fill solution, and the Wind Industry offered financial support for its development.
In June 2011, Glasgow Prestwick Airport selected Cambridge Consultants to provide the first stage in a radar mitigation system design to solve the problem of interference by wind farms.