When eagles approach a wind farm, turbines shut down 400 times a day

One of Tasmania’s largest wind farms has made significant progress on one of the industry’s most divisive issues: turbine-related bird deaths, as the state enters a new phase of wind farm development that will test the limits of social licence and environmental stewardship.

The 144MW Cattle Hill wind farm in Tasmania’s Central Highlands, which is owned by Power China Group and Goldwind Capital Australia, was formally launched in late 2019 and began sending power to the grid in early 2020.

The project is also over a year into an 18-month trial of IndentiFlight, an aerial monitoring and detection system designed to offset the wind farm’s impact on the endangered Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, which is being conducted for the first time in Australia. The system uses 16 tower-mounted optical units to detect flying objects, which are then identified as eagles using algorithms.

Original Story: RenewEconomy

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