Founded in 1997 by Mike Watson as a technical consultancy for electricity companies, Pager Power has evolved its offering and now employs experienced technical analysts consultants who are joined on an ad hoc basis by specialist consultants. The company has its own in-house software for assessing complex interference problems.
About Pager Power
The name Pager Power originated with an invention for controlling storage heaters with radio signals broadcast nationally by the UK’s paging network. The company originally worked on electrical projects delivering consultancy services to a number of sectors. In 2002 Pager Power delivered its first Radar Impact Assessment for British Energy’s proposed Quarter Fell wind development in South West Scotland. The assessment used radar line of sight analysis prepared with the company’s bespoke software.
The wind farm radar business grew rapidly with additional assessments for microwave radio links and television interference. The company devised the mitigation scheme for Scottish Power’s Whitelee wind farm – using bespoke software to select the site of the mitigating Kincardine radar – which could not detect the turbines due to intervening terrain. The company worked hard to help resolve objections from stakeholders such as NATS, the MOD and Ofcom whilst maintaining an effective working relationship with these stakeholders.
The company expanded its wind farm services further – by considering physical safeguarding and other aeronautical radio services such as Instrument Landing Systems and DVOR radio beacons. Developing online tools enabled Pager Power to become International, undertaking wind projects in Ireland, South Africa, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Bulgaria.
By 2013 Pager Power had worked on 24% of the wind turbines operating in the United Kingdom and was working on a large number of Feed In Tariff (FIT) turbines. Changes in government policy brought a significant decline in UK wind farm work.
A major area of growth, however, was Solar Glint and Glare assessments, which predicts the impacts of reflections from Solar PV arrays on pilots, railways, roads and houses.
The company has now delivered over 300 Glint and Glare assessments around the world and has developed its own in-house software as well as a solar Glint and Glare guidance document for stakeholders and developers.
More recently Pager Power has been assessing the technical impacts of tall buildings – considering potential impacts on low-flying aircraft – radar systems and television reception.
What We Do
We help developers avoid and solve technical problems that their developments may face. We understand your end goal is to deliver a successful project. Our duty is to give you honest impartial advice and to help resolve any difficulties you may face.
- Assess the likelihood of a development encountering aeronautical, radar or telecommunications objections
- Consult with defence, aviation, transport and telecommunications authorities
- Undertake complex analysis to predict technical impacts and provide comprehensive assessments
- Design and advise on mitigation solutions
- Provide technical support to complex negotiations
- Provide written and oral expert evidence for planning and legal appeals
We focus on helping you deliver your project on time and within budget.
Who we are
We are a friendly team based in Suffolk, England – close to London and Cambridge. We undertake projects throughout the world and travel anywhere, when required, for surveys and meetings. Our company values are Professionalism; Teamwork; Technical Innovation; Personable; Sharing Knowledge; Providing Solutions and Environmentally Ethical.