Massive Offshore Wind Turbines Safe for Birds

[Technology Review] Uncertainty surrounding wind power’s impact on wildlife — particularly the potential for deadly collisions between birds and turbines — has tarnished its image and even delayed some wind farms. Indeed, the first large offshore wind farm proposed for U.S. waters — the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts’s Nantucket Sound — has been held up in part by concerns that its 130 turbines could kill thousands of seabirds annually. Now a simple infrared collision-detection system developed by Denmark’s National Environmental Research Institute is helping clear the air.
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