Birds base their flight path on the earth’s magnetic field. Meeting a wind turbine en route, however, is unfortunate for both bird and turbine.
Which is why a startup from Greece has developed a system that diverts the animals while simultaneously minimising the off-time of the electricity generators.
Thermal imaging- and high-resolution cameras provide round-the-clock surveillance for critical areas within a one kilometre radius.
The videos are analysed by an artificial intelligence, whose algorithm learns as it goes.
Birds entering the danger zone are greeted by warning sounds until they leave. If that doesn’t help, the turbine is switched off.
Decommissioned wind turbines can have a playful afterlife, meanwhile, and turbines without wings present little danger to birds.