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Radar and radio link concerns stop single turbine development in Northern Ireland

Radar and radio link concerns stop single turbine development in Northern Ireland
May 15, 2013 Admin

Disruption to an airport’s radar and potential electromagnetic interference to a radio link are the reasons why an single turbine development in Northern Ireland has been refused.

The Planning Service rejected the 55m machine, due to be located at Magheralane Road in Randalstown, because it would have been within sight of the Belfast International Airport radars. It is always important to check whether your turbine is visible to surrounding radars early on in the development process to avoid delays later on.

At Pager Power, we have our online Radar Line of Sight Assessment to make it as easy as possible for you, the developer, to initially check whether a particular radar installation can see your turbine. This report is available worldwide. (However if you don’t know which radar are in the vicinity of your site, we advise you to look at the Aviation Risk Report).

The Antrim Times reported that planners were also concerned about the impact of the Randalstown machine adding to the existing number of turbines in the area and causing “a major safety issue”. The cumulative effects of wind turbines on radar and aviation operation can be a matter of significance. If you are aware of many other turbines in the area of your development, speak to Pager Power about the possibility of a Cumulative Impact Assessment by calling +44 (0) 1787 319001.

The last concern raised by was the creation of potentially unacceptable electromagnetic interference to a radio link operated by Northern Ireland Electricity. It was reported that the planners believed there was insufficient evidence to be sure that disruption would not occur.

Radiocommunications tower with attached dishes

Radio links are used to quickly transmit data from one place to another, and they are commonplace. For this reason, when choosing a turbine site they should be given consideration. Pager Power offers a range of consultancy services relating to assessing potential conflict with telecommunications systems and infrastructure (globally), including surveying. Since each site is different the service recommendations will change. Get in touch with us, say that you are interested in assessing radio links and you will be transferred to a member of our technical team who will be able to advise you on the best way forward. Call +44 (0) 1787 319001 or email info@pagerpower.co.uk.

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