26 April 2021

Competition - Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence Phase 2

Up to £3.6 million is available to develop technologies to permit the coexistence of future offshore windfarms alongside UK air defence surveillance systems.

Sailing ship and windfarm
© Mark König/Unsplash

The competition is seeking innovative ideas that allow the coexistence of future offshore windfarms alongside UK Air Defence surveillance systems. These may include:

•            Reducing radar clutter caused by offshore windfarms.

•            Ensuring intruder detection in the vicinity of offshore windfarms.

•            Filling or removing gaps in radar coverage created by windfarms.

A total of up to £3.6M is available, intended to fund a number of contracts of up to £600K each. Funding is due to be approved by 17 June 2021 for this requirement.The aim is for contracts to be in place by September 2021 and for projects to finish by the end of February 2023.

The competition is funded by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Net Zero Innovation Portfolio; and is undertaken in partnership with the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).