PNE Wind to install tech to mitigate aviation lighting

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Sep 15 (Renewables Now) - German wind farm developer PNE Wind AG (ETR:PNE3) plans to use technology that switches on flashing lights at wind farms only when a low-flying airplane is approaching.

Wind power plants that are more than 100 metres (328 ft) high are required to use red lighting at night as a warning to aviation, which can be annoying to local residents, the company explained in a news release this week. To address the issue, PNE Wind has decided to use a demand-oriented night lighting system of German firm Quantec Sensors. The wind company intends to start with wind farms in Kuehrstedt-Alfstedt and more wind parks in the district of Cuxhaven, its home location. The Quantec Sensors system has been approved by the DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung), which is in charge of the German air traffic control.

PNE Wind is "presently making good progress with the district of Cuxhaven and others regarding approval processes and thus becoming one of the first companies to be in a position to increase the acceptance of wind power projects," said Heiko Stoffers, head of the project development department at the group.

One Quantec Sensors detection system can control several wind farms in one region, so once the system is installed, wind farms not owned by PNE Wind could also connect to it subject to cost sharing, according to the announcement.  

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