On April 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Wind Energy Technologies Office presented the first in a series of live webinars to discuss offshore wind turbine radar interference mitigation strategies and research needs for offshore wind development that may impact sensitive radar systems. The webinar was hosted by the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation (WTRIM) Working Group—a consortium of federal agencies composed of DOE, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the Federal Aviation Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
This webinar series is intended to build relationships between key industry stakeholders and agencies around offshore wind-radar issues, share government and industry perspectives on potential impacts of offshore wind on radar missions, and gain a better understanding of the future direction of the offshore wind market.
Offshore Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Webinar Series
Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Working Group Introduction
The first webinar in the series, DOE and DOD introduced the Wind Turbine Radar Interference Mitigation Working Group, and offshore wind developer Ørsted shared their experiences with offshore wind-radar interference issues in the United Kingdom and European Union.
U.S. Offshore Wind Project Review Process and Implementing Mitigation Solutions from a WTRIM Perspective
This webinar featured a presentation by BOEM Program Manager Jim Bennett and a panel discussion on the offshore wind project review and approval process in the United States from the WTRIM perspective. Speakers included representatives from DOD, DHS, NOAA, and the American Wind Energy Association.
Relocatable Over-The-Horizon-Radar R&D Briefing
This webinar featured a briefing from Mr. Larry Nelson, Director Relocatable Over-The-Horizon-Radar (ROTHR) at the Forces Surveillance Support Center (FSSC). His briefing included an overview of the ROTHR mission, specific wind turbine radar interference issues associated with the radars, and potential mitigation options.
The presentation slides are available for download.
Marine Navigation Radar
This webinar introduced marine navigation radar and included presentations on marine navigation issues, existing studies, wind developer and mariner perspectives on the issues, and a moderated panel Q&A. Speakers included representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Ørsted, and Responsible Offshore Development Reliance (RODA).
Oceanographic High Frequency (HF) Radar Webinar
This webinar featured presentations on mission impacts, technical issues, and mitigation options. Presenters included representatives from: the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (NOAA-IOOS) that manage the U.S. HF radar network; partner Federal agencies the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM); academic partner institutions Rutgers University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of California, Santa Barbara; HF radar manufacturer CODAR Ocean Sensors, Ltd.; and others.
Terminal Air Traffic Control Radar Systems
This webinar will feature briefings on terminal air traffic control radar systems and will discuss the technical impacts of offshore wind turbines on terminal radars as well as potential mitigation solutions.
Register for the webinar by September 25.
Stay tuned for updated event details and additional webinars in August.