Published on : Apr 16, 2015
Recently, the Energy Dept. has declared that over US$1.75 million will be spend on five projects which will innovate and demonstrate technologies that decrease the potential negative impacts of wind farms on bat species that are sensitive.
Three organizations will be involved in these projects namely the Texas Christian University, Frontier Wind, and the University of Massachusetts.
The Texas Christian University will be creating and test coating which alter the surface texture of the wind towards and deter the bats from getting attracted to the towers. The company Frontier wind will be innovating and testing an ultra sonic acoustic deterrent which is made up of an array of ultra sonic electric transmitters which will be mounted on the length of the turbine blades. Also, these high frequency sounds emitted from the emitters will cover the complete turbine rotor. On the other hand, the University of Massachusetts will develop a blade mounted ultra sonic whistle.
This challenge is faced by the sector of wind energy developers in the U.S. and is how they protect wildlife. At the same time the responsibility for deploying and operating this dependable source of clean energy. However, as wind power sector continues to expand as a prominent supplier of renewable energy in communities through America the new mitigation technique and related technologies can help to reduce its harmful environmental impact to the species of bats and other sensitive wildlife.
These funding projects will support two research categories. These projects are in the first category will focus on innovative technology development for the first stage. It will advance proof of concept designed and also innovate and test different technology prototypes.