Natural Power, headquartered in Scotland, has been selected to receive funding from the US DOE to develop and test a smart curtailment system to protect bats while minimizing power loss during wind farm operations.
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The DOE selected 10 projects to receive funding totaling $6.8 million that will reduce environmental compliance costs and the environmental impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy.
Building upon a current portfolio of smart curtailment research funded by the DOE Wind Office, Natural Power is one of four organizations that will receive $2.8 million collectively to further the advancement of smart curtailment strategies to minimize energy loss from curtailment and wind farm environmental impacts to bats.
Natural Power had submitted two successful scopes for consideration. The first will be to develop a novel technology to reduce bat fatalities using real-time data on bat presence and wind speed, which can easily integrate with any wind turbine control system. Additionally the team will work with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to test and improve the SCADA interface to ensure that it meets NERC cyber security and compliance.