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Smart Wind Turbines that care about birds

 

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Smart Wind Turbines that care about birds

A company in the United States (US) has built wind turbines that come equipped with a smart tool. The tool called “IdentiFlight” uses Artificial Intelligence and cameras to stop whenever they sense birds flying close by.

What are wind turbines?

A device that is shaped like a large fan and is rotated by the wind to generate electricity.

IdentiFlight detects with greater accuracy and speed than human observation. The tool senses if any bird such as hawks, eagles or local birds approaches the wind turbine and pauses to avoid any harm or accidents.

Companies in the past have used different techniques to minimise accidents caused by wind turbines to birds. For example, they would colour the fans of the wind turbines black. By doing so the fans increase their visibility. However, with IdentiFlight companies could make use of both black coloured fans and IdentiFlight.

After winning an award for its remarkable performance at an event show in Australia, it was installed at a wind farm and reduced eagle accidents by nearly 80%.  The company “Duke Energy” behind this impressive tool is employing this technology across the globe and getting amazing results.

It’s truly remarkable to see such inventions that not only promote clean energy but also care about birds.

 

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