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Radar-based detection of birds near wind energy plants: First experiences from a field study

Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
Conference Name2016 German Microwave Conference (GeMiC)
Conference LocationBochum
Accession Number15970005

Bats and birds are at risk when they are flying near wind energy plants (WEP). Hence, a protection of bats and birds is postulated to reduce their mortality e.g. due to collisions with the rotor-blades. This paper reports on the first experiences from an experimental field study at a 2-MW WEP that combines a continuous wave 24 GHz Doppler radar, a smart-camera, an ultrasound microphone and an accelerometer. Doppler measurements for the identification of birds in their natural habitat will be presented and validated with the camera-based approach.

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TagsGermany; Land-Based Wind; Bats (general); Birds (general); 2016; Conference Paper