EPRI Webinar on Bat Detection and Shutdown System for Utility-scale Wind Turbines
Date: Thursday, June 6
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern/10:00 a.m. Pacific
Duration: 60 minutes
John W. Goodrich-Mahoney, EPRI Senior Project Manager
Christine Sutter, Normandeau Associates, Inc., Technical Director and Senior Biologist
Susan Schumacher, We Energies, Senior Ecological Scientist
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About the Webinar (from EPRI)
Bats provide important insect control functions and play a role in sustaining some agricultural stands. Some species are threatened or endangered, while populations of others are collapsing due to white-nose virus. These circumstances have elevated resource agency staff concerns about bat mortality observed at wind energy facilities in United States, Canada, and other locations. Mitigation strategies such as seasonal curtailment of operations may threaten the economic viability of existing capacity, while project development has been put on hold in some wind resource areas.
The majority of bat fatalities have been observed in late summer and early autumn when migratory species are on the move. Technologies allowing for more targeted mitigation are needed to help prevent high-mortality events while maximizing energy production.
The EPRI bat detection shutdown system integrates predictive modeling of bat occurrence with turbine controls to enable manual or automated shutdown of turbines. It is expected that this approach will reduce bat mortality while avoiding the need for mandatory curtailment of multiple turbines over extended periods.
Join for a project overview and update on progress, including funding status.