Woolnorth General Manager Stephen Ross said this is Robin Radar Systems’ most up-to-date model, with a number of improvements that make it highly effective for wind farm use.
‘This technology is an avian-specific radar, which allows remote monitoring of birds in the landscape and can initiate the shutdown of turbines, ‘ Mr Ross said.
‘It provides full 3D coverage from the horizon, up to one kilometre in height, and can automatically detect and log hundreds of birds simultaneously.
‘Protecting Tasmania’s environment, including eagles, is extremely important to Woolnorth, and adaptive management processes are an essential part of our approach.
‘Our research shows each collision is likely to be caused by a unique set of circumstances, and we have determined that a wind turbine curtailment system is the best option to address the issue.
‘Our long-term, comprehensive investigations into available technologies, along with site investigations by Robin Radar Systems’ technicians from The Netherlands have concluded that the Max® radar is the most suitable for our site and species.
‘It is scheduled for installation mid-next year, although it is expected to take several months to customise the shutdown system to respond effectively to high-risk Wedge-tailed eagle flights.
‘With many wind farms in the development cycle, the trial results could allow for wind farms to be approved, developed and operated with a higher degree of certainty in relation to collision risk to eagles and the most effective way to manage it.
‘Woolnorth continue to work with state and Commonwealth regulators to mitigate collisions,’ he said.