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National lab breakthrough could reduce bird, bat deaths
Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter
The prospect of turbines killing birds is one of the chief attacks made on the wind industry by President Trump and other critics.
Now, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory say they may have a solution to the problem, with help from technology typically used in night-vision goggles.
The lab developed software that analyzes images from special thermal cameras to automatically identify birds and bats and track their flight patterns around the clock, including in bad weather. The goal is to determine if a given area is a bird hot spot, and avoid siting offshore turbines in those places or adjust operations at existing wind farms.
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