Vestas acquires technology to prevent aerial collisions
By Erik Siemers
Vestas acquired radar technology to prevent in-air collisions associated with wind farms.
Vestas on Friday said it has acquired a radar technology that will help prevent aerial collisions with its wind turbines and reduce light pollution from wind power plants.
The Danish turbine-maker, which bases its North American headquarters in Portland, said it has acquired the technology assets of Norwegian radar specialist OCAS AS. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The OCAS system uses radar technology to detect approaching aircraft and activate warning systems. Strobe lights on the turbines will be activated as a visual warning and an audio warning will be transmitted to the pilot's radio if the aircraft doesn't immediately change course.
The OCAS technology has been tested and approved by aviation authorities in Norway, Sweden, Canada and the United States, Vestas said. It has been installed at more than 60 sites in Europe and North America.
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