Contarnex Europe Ltd’s Infrared Prototype Gets Green Light from MoD

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Contarnex Europe Aviation has produced the first prototype Infrared (IR) Aircraft Warning Lights to be approved by the MoD for lighting onshore wind turbines.

Infrared Turbine Warning Light

And their green credentials are impressive too. Because IR is invisible to the naked eye, there is minimal environmental impact on local surroundings.

CEL Aviation has produced the first prototype Infrared (IR) aircraft warning lights to be approved by the MoD for lighting onshore wind turbines.

RenewableUK has been involved in discussions with the MoD for some time with regard to environmentally friendly lighting solutions for turbines situated within Low Flying and Tactical training Airspace.

Although there is currently no statutory obligation to light turbines under 150m, the MoD regularly undertakes low flying exercises down to 60m in areas of the UK that are prime for wind farm development.

CEL’s IR lights were put through their paces by the MoD’s Low Flying Operations Squadron in a series of ground and flight-based trials. Tested against a selection of military Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), the Infrared Aircraft Warning Lights performed to a high level, resulting in safe and consistent visual detection ranges.

As a result, the MoD approved the CEL Aviation CEL-IR850-024-CST series lights as meeting the military criteria for vertical obstruction lighting on structures below 500ft.

CEL’s spokesman Paul Turpeinen said ‘And their green credentials are impressive too. Because IR is invisible to the naked eye, there is minimal environmental impact on local surroundings’.

This is good news for the onshore wind industry, as night-time lighting and its consequential visual impact, albeit small, is often a concern given that turbines tend to be located in rural areas with limited light pollution.

Currently, the CEL IR light is the only vertical obstruction lighting product to have received full MoD clearance.

CEL specialises in AGL aviation products such as aircraft warning lights and commercial & industrial time and alarm systems such as disabled toilet alarms.

CEL aviation is the industry no1 for low intensity obstruction lighting, medium intensity obstacle lights, infrared led obstruction lighting, obstacle lighting and other aircraft warning lights and products.

To find out more, visit http://www.contarnex.com/

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