Monday, October 1, 2018
2:00 – 3:30PM Eastern
Refining a Selectively Perceptible Wind Turbine System for Preventing Bat Fatalities
Presenter: Paul Cryan, U.S. Geological Survey
Managing Bird and Bat Turbine Strikes Using Weather Radar
Presenter: Robb Diehl, U.S. Geological Survey
This webinar provided an overview of two research projects by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to examine early-stage technologies aimed at minimizing the potential impacts of wind turbines on wildlife. The projects have begun field research at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) under NREL’s Technology Development and Innovation (TD&I) program, funded by DOE and supported on-site by NREL staff.
The first project, led by USGS researcher scientist Paul Cryan, explores whether illuminating a turbine with dim ultraviolet (UV) light will prevent bats from approaching and being struck by moving blades. USGS researcher Robb Diehl leads the second project, which considers leveraging the existing U.S. weather radar network, known as Next-Generation Weather Radar (NEXRAD), to provide wind power plant operators with additional information that could be used to manage wind turbines in ways that reduce impacts to wildlife.
Photo Credit: Northern Bat By John MacGregor, Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0