HMMH prepared this synthesis report to provide the current state of potential impacts of energy projects on airports and aviation. The report summarizes existing literature, data, and ongoing research on physical, visual and communications systems interference impacts from energy technologies on airports and aviation safety. The report addresses potential impacts on airports and aviation from energy technologies including physical obstructions of airspace, interference with radar and other navigation systems, visual impacts from glint and glare, turbulence from thermal plumes, visual impacts from vapor plumes, and turbulence from wind turbines. The associated energy technologies discussed are solar photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, wind turbines (and associated meteorological towers), traditional steam generating power plants, and electric transmission infrastructure.
The final report is expected to be release in June 2011.