How to assess the potential impact of wind turbines on surveillance sensors - guidelines

9 September 2014

TThis document provides an approach based on an early and constructive dialogue promoting reciprocal transparency between Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) and wind energy developers to maintain the necessary levels of safety and efficiency of surveillance Air Traffic Services whilst supporting the development of wind energy. It also aims at maintaining the necessary levels of safety and efficiency of surveillance related Air Traffic Services whilst supporting to the maximum extent  possible the development of wind energy.

The proposed process defines different geographical zones, based on simple criteria, for each type of sensors (radar only for the time being). For each of these zones  different conditions are defined to ensure that the impact of the wind turbine is tolerable. In the “safeguarding” zone, the closest area to the sensor, wind turbines are not  allowed to be built. In the second zone, wind turbines can be built provided that a specific impact assessment analysis demonstrates that the impact can be tolerated. In  the third zone, wind turbine can be built on the basis of the results of a simple and generic impact assessment analysis that is further described in this document. In the  last zone, the impact is acceptable or even non-existent.

As a supplement to these Guidelines, EUROCONTROL maintains a list of tools that it has identified for calculating the Radar Line Of Sight (RLOS). It is for indicative purposes only and users of the tools are advised to assess suitability prior to the tool’s use.


EUROCONTROL Guidelines