Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence Phase 2

Fund Name: Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence Phase 2
Project Length: Complete no later than 28th February 2023
Project Value: £500k
Deadline: 17/06/2021


This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can develop technologies to permit the coexistence of future offshore windfarms alongside UK Air Defence surveillance systems. This includes alternative technologies that could reduce radar clutter caused by offshore windfarms, ensure intruder detection in the vicinity of offshore windfarms and fill or remove gaps in radar coverage created by windfarms.

Fund details

The fundamental challenge is to maintain the effective surveillance of airspace despite the presence of larger windfarms. Whilst the context must take into account current practices and the wide use of radar the enduring requirement is one of effective monitoring of airspace. This should be achieved without compromising the performance of offshore wind turbines in terms of energy output or reliability which are critical in the UK reaching its decarbonisation targets.

The following topics are not restrictive nor exhaustive but present areas upon which innovation may have an impact. Scenarios are given here as illustrations and are not to be considered as direct problems to be solved.

  • Reduction of clutter or the impact of clutter
  • Ensuring efficient detection and tracking time
  • Technologies to mitigate against larger turbine blades and wider turbine spacing development
  • Alternate methods of surveillance

The innovation must be above TRL 4, proposals may include, but are not limited to, use of:

  • alternative turbine materials
  • shaping of turbine blades
  • next generation or novel signal processing techniques including those using increased Artificial intelligence / Machine Learning / Deep Learning (and potentially exploiting wind turbine data)
  • alternative technologies or combinations of these that would maintain the effective surveillance of airspace despite the presence of larger windfarms

DASA want novel ideas to benefit users working in UK Defence and Security. Your proposal should include evidence of:

  • theoretical development, methodological advancement or proof of concept research which can demonstrate potential for translation to practical demonstration in later phases
  • innovation or a creative approach
  • clear demonstration of how the proposed work applies to the given military air defence (and air traffic control) contexts (including non-cooperative aircraft within the recognised air picture)
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