NVE: Wind power plant at Smøla must ensure fewer bird collisions

Smøla wind power plantPhoto: Kjell Herskedal / SCANPIX

The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has decided that measures must be introduced at the Smøla wind power plant to reduce the collision risk of birds with wind turbines.

Smøla is an important area for birds, and research has been carried out for many years on how the wind power plant affects birdlife on the island. The decision is based on new knowledge from research on birds and wind power at Smøla, according to the NVE.

By the end of June, Smøla Vind 2 AS must submit proposals for measures that can reduce the extent of collisions of birds with wind turbines at the Smøla wind plant.

Studies from Smøla have shown that turbine towers that were painted black at the bottom led to a 48% reduction in the number of dead grouse around the turbine tower compared to white ones. 

Another study showed that the annual collision rate of birds was reduced by 70% for turbines that had painted a rotor blade black compared to white control turbines.

The knowledge and information from these research projects can have implications for other wind power plants, the NVE noted.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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