Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Gainesville, Fla.-based environmental consultancy Pandion Systems will examine large-scale wind turbine collision risk of susceptible birds and bats in the central U.S.
With increased wind energy development in the heartland of the U.S., birds and bats in these areas will be increasingly exposed to the potential dangers of colliding with wind turbine blades.
According to Pandion, the study will examine the risks of selected species and determine the areas where collision risks are highest and can be used to determine locations for future wind farms to minimize and mitigate for wildlife impacts.
The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010.
SOURCE: Pandion Systems