In this webinar, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers will present preliminary results of two projects examining early-stage technologies aimed at minimizing the potential impacts of wind turbines on wildlife. The presenters will discuss findings from field research conducted at NREL’s Flatirons Campus under NREL’s Technology Development and Innovation program, which is funded by DOE and supported on site by NREL staff. Topics and presenters will be:
* Refining a Selectively Perceptible Wind Turbine System for Preventing Bat Fatalities
Paul Cryan, USGS.
Explores whether illuminating a turbine with dim ultraviolet light will prevent bats from approaching and being struck by moving blades.
* Managing Bird and Bat Turbine Strikes Using Weather Radar
Robb Diehl, USGS
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.