Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Turbines interfere with airport radar

From the BBC

From the BBC we hear that two new wind turbines have been interfering with the radar at East Midlands Airport. 

Two giant wind turbines, erected in December, will not turn until later in the year because they cause interference with radar at an airport.

The 130m (426 ft) high turbines, at a sewage treatment plant in Spondon, Derby, scramble radar signals at East Midlands Airport six miles (10km) away.

They will have to be fitted with "clever electronics" to solve the problem, Severn Trent Water said.

It's easy enough to see why Severn Trent needs these remarkable wind turbines to work properly.

The turbines, named Winnie and Tony by local schoolchildren, are expected to produce about 10,000 megawatts of electricity when they are operational.

10,000 megawatts, or 10 GW is roughly a quarter of the entire UK electricity demand. The BBC never was strong on this environmental malarkey.


James Higham said...

at a sewage treatment plant in Spondon

Assisting in spreading the smell as well as jamming radar.

A K Haart said...

James - good point! I wouldn't put it past them either.