Plextek wins DASA contract to prevent offshore windfarms interfering with military communications

Member News published by Plextek, under Artificial Intelligence / Machine learning, Energy applications, Radar

Plextek-DTS has been named as one of the competition winners under the recent Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition: “Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence” https://www.gov.uk/government/news/offshore-windfarm-development-boosted-by-2-million-research. The initiative is being supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

The contracts awarded form part of a wider MOD commitment under the Government’s 2019 Offshore Wind Sector Deal, to provide 30% of the UK’s electricity requirements using wind power by 2030, and seek to mitigate the interference that windfarms cause to primary air surveillance radars.

Plextek-DTS has been contracted to investigate using the latest state-of-the-art Deep Learning algorithms to compensate for disturbances to radar signals caused by windfarms. If successful, the research could be rapidly exploited to enhance air surveillance capability in the vicinity of existing and future windfarms.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said: “We want more offshore wind farms to help deliver our ambitious environmental agenda while retaining the protection that radar provides. This is a great step forward in achieving this goal and shows Defence’s determination to support sustainability and deliver our green goals for Britain.”

Dr Aled Catherall, Head of Technology at Plextek DTS said, “The project draws on Plextek-DTS's extensive expertise in both radar and machine learning to address this important challenge. It is also very rewarding  to be working on a defence technology that supports greater adoption of green energy sources such as wind turbines.”

Plextek DTS

Plextek DTS helps government agencies, defence suppliers and military stakeholders find new technology exploitation paths to support UK forces. Plextek DTS is a business unit of Plextek, a technology consultancy based near Cambridge, UK. Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients and central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. Plextek DTS provides specialist R&D support, technology exploitation and design partner services, including system supply and manufacture. It has a strong track record of developing advanced solutions to meet the challenges and needs of the modern infantry soldier.

www.plextek-dts.com

For more information from Plextek-DTS please contact:

Emma Plumtree

+44 (0) 1799 533200, press@plextek.com

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