Wind energy creating a problem with military and weather radar

Nov 08, 2011 by Deborah Braconnier report
A wind farm in South Australia

(PhysOrg.com) -- With the push for creating green energy, giant windmill farms are becoming more and more common for electricity production. However, the National Weather Service and the United States Air Force say these wind farms are creating much more than energy and are making their jobs more difficult when it comes to detecting storms and keeping aircraft safe.

According to these agencies, the giant wind farms distort the weather radar and military radar, creating blank spots.

When it comes to the USAF, wind farms create issues when it comes to detecting incoming by creating these blank spots on the radar. Construction of many wind farms were blocked because they were intended to be built near radar locations. However, began pushing to build these wind farms and help create jobs.

Luckily, scientists from MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory were able to develop an answer. They developed algorithms and processors that were able to fool the radar. This fix worked by telling the radar to ignore signals from a small area where the wind farms were located.

For the National Weather Service, this makes it difficult to determine if a storm showing up on radar is actually a storm or a mix between the wind generated by the farms and the rain in the area. In many cases, the National Weather Service is left to issue warnings just in case there are storms in the area and there have been false alarms.

When it comes to the , there is no fix for the radar issue. However, there may be ways around it. One idea is to ask the area to turn off the propellers during storms or approaching bad weather. Another is to install devices on the propellers that measure wind speeds and rainfall, thus eliminating the need for radar in that location. Radar scientists are also working on creating a fix for weather radar similar to the MIT fix for the military.


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antonima
1 / 5 (3) Nov 08, 2011
Wind as well as solar power is an nationwide headlong boondoggle.
Guy_Underbridge
5 / 5 (3) Nov 08, 2011
Wind as well as solar power is an nationwide headlong boondoggle.
Too bad, seems the rest of the world is making a pretty good deal with it. You must be doing it wrong.
eyeyamtheufo
5 / 5 (1) Nov 08, 2011
Military and weather radar is creating a problem with my brain.
antonima
1 / 5 (1) Nov 08, 2011
Too bad, seems the rest of the world is making a pretty good deal with it. You must be doing it wrong.


Well exactly, its a waste of money for 1st world countries.
Silverhill
5 / 5 (3) Nov 08, 2011
from the article:
this makes it difficult to determine if a storm showing up on radar is actually a storm or a mix between the wind generated by the farms and the rain in the area.
The wind generated *by* the farms?! No....
El_Nose
not rated yet Nov 09, 2011
vote me down

sometimes the right thing to do makes no economic sense. Reducing carbon pollution at the expence of making as much money as possible is just the right thing to do -- we all know that until a true super conducting energy grid is developed renewables will not meet all of the USA's energy needs -- But surely we can make a start... so your profit margins aren't nearly as high -- but if you can make money and keep people employed and turn a slight profit, then let whoever is comfortable being in that not so profitable business step up and take that vacancy.

Do not be deluded... there is money to be made doing this -- just not much - and the more manufacturing that takes place -- the cheaper the end products will be -- and more money will be made.
Nerdyguy
not rated yet Nov 09, 2011
"They developed algorithms and processors that were able to fool the radar. This fix worked by telling the radar to ignore signals from a small area where the wind farms were located."

Well, at least the terrorists will now know precisely from where to launch an attack.
kaasinees
not rated yet Nov 09, 2011
"They developed algorithms and processors that were able to fool the radar. This fix worked by telling the radar to ignore signals from a small area where the wind farms were located."

Well, at least the terrorists will now know precisely from where to launch an attack.

In my country they also test sirens at each first Monday of the month at 12pm so they also know _when_ to start attacking.
Nerdyguy
not rated yet Nov 09, 2011
vote me down

sometimes the right thing to do makes no economic sense. Reducing carbon pollution at the expence of making as much money as possible is just the right thing to do -- we all know that until a true super conducting energy grid is developed renewables will not meet all of the USA's energy needs -- But surely we can make a start... so your profit margins aren't nearly as high -- but if you can make money and keep people employed and turn a slight profit, then let whoever is comfortable being in that not so profitable business step up and take that vacancy.

Do not be deluded... there is money to be made doing this -- just not much - and the more manufacturing that takes place -- the cheaper the end products will be -- and more money will be made.


This related article on global oil and energy demand helps make your point:

http://www.physor...iea.html
COCO
5 / 5 (1) Nov 09, 2011
and these clowns had accurate weather forecasts before?

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