ESB Novusmodus Backs Anti-Radar-Jamming Wind-Turbine TechnologySally Bakewell
ESB Novusmodus LP, a clean technology fund backed by Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board, led an investment in Aveillant Ltd., a U.K. company with technology that stops wind turbines from jamming airport radars.
The 6.75 million pounds ($10 million) will enable Cambridge-based Aveillant to make and install its Holographic Radar units, which allow radars to distinguish between aircraft and wind turbines, according to a statement e-mailed by Greencoat Capital LLP, adviser to ESB Novusmodus.
When built in the sight of air traffic control radars, turbines create “clutter” on controller screens, obscuring the visibility of aircraft and fueling objections to projects in planning. There is more energy capacity held up in the consenting process because of aviation radar issues than is installed on the ground, according to the statement.
The financing includes contributions from existing investors DFJ Esprit LLP and Cambridge Consultants Ltd. Demonstrations of the technology, deployed at no cost to the airport and paid for by wind farms as they use the system, are planned at Prestwick and Glasgow airports, in addition to a system at Cambridge airport, according to the statement.