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Over 35 DTBird & DTBat units installed Q1 2019

In the first quarter of the year, over 35 DTBird & DTBat units have been installed in France, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands and Spain. Over 50 additional units are expected to be installed in the Q2 - Q3 of 2019 in North America, Asia and Europe. 

 

We look forward to working together in the near future!

 

 

Camera and Speaker of DTBirdV8D10 Unit installed on a concrete tower

Camera and Speaker of a DTBirdV8D10 unit installed on a concrete tower.

 

DTBird & DTBat at KNE Conference

The Kompetenzzentrum Naturschutz und Energiewende (KNE) will host a two-day Conference at the KulturBanhoff in Kassel, Germany on May 15th - 16th. The theme for the conference is Bird protection at Wind Turbines: Detection systems as an opportunity for a nature-friendly wind energy development? During the Conference we will answer questions from the audience. DTBird & DTBat will be attending as an Exhibitor, to present its systems to German wind industry and wildlife professionals. DTBird systems are currently operating at three Wind Farms in Germany. Some of the upgrades exhibited include:

 

Image Resolution analyzed in real-time: +67%

Maximum Detection Distance: +26%

Video Recording Resolution (stored in the Online DAP): +200%

 

Visit DTBird & DTBat at the KNE Conference!

 

KNE Conference May 15-16th Kassel Germany

DTBird & DTBat at KNE Conference 2019

 

DTBird presented latest upgrades at WindEurope Conference & Exhibition

Last week the DTBird & DTBat Team attended WindEurope 2019, Europe's largest wind energy event at the Bilbao Exhibition Center in Spain. The Conference & Exhibition lasted from April 2nd till April 4th. During the event, we presented our DTBird & DTBat systems to Wind Farm Developers, Operators and Manufacturers, Environmental Consultants, Project Managers and University students. 

 
More specifically, we spoke about the latest DTBird upgradesa 67% increase in real-time quality image analyzed, a 26% increase in maximum detection distance, and a 200% increase in video quality (stored in the online data analysis platform). We also explained the efficiency testing and the public evaluations that the DTBird system has undergone. Over 50 additional units are expected to be installed in the Q2-3 of 2019 in North America, Asia and Europe. Finally, we introduced our Mascots who made their grand Debut!
             DTBird & DTBat Stand WindEurope Bilbao 2019
 
 
DTBird & DTBat Mascots

      DTBird & DTBat Stand at WindEurope Conference & Exhibition 2019

DTBird participated in the closing conference of the MultiBird Project after 3 years operating in the offshore platform FINO 1
DTBird’s CEO Agustín Riopérez was invited to participate in the closing conference of the MultiBird Project, initiated by the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency. This event took place on February 5th, 2019 in the office of state representative Schleswig-Holstein in Berlin. 
 
The conference title was related to the operational results and findings of the three systems contracted for 3 years of bird monitoring at the offshore Platform Fino 1, located in the North Sea approximately 40 km from the German coast: “Do multi-sensor systems help to answer important knowledge gaps?”.
 
Agustin summarized the DTBirdV4 unit’s performance and bird monitoring data during the 3-year operation in FINO 1, focusing on the advantages and limitations of the system. He also presented DTBird system upgrades and new models since DTBird installation at FINO 1 in 2015.
 

Agustín Riopérez explaining the DTBird system installation on a floating WTG

DTBird&DTBat CEO Agustín Riopérez presenting DTBird data at FINO 1

Participation in Winwind Workshop

Agustin Rioperez, the CEO of DTBird&DTBat, was among the guest speakers at the recent Winwind Workshop on The new Balearic law on Climate Change and the opportunities to integrate wind energy in protected areas held on November 8th on the Island of Menorca (Spain).

Agustin's presentation on the features of the different DTBird&DTBat models was followed by a discussion about the applicability of the technology in the wind farms proposed for the Balearic Islands.

WinWind

Results of the Pilot Evaluation of DTBirdV4D4 Detection and Collision Avoidance Modules in the USA

DTBird’s ability to detect and deter large raptors, particularly golden eagles, and to reduce the risk of collisions with wind turbines (WTG) was evaluated in the USA by H.T. Harvey & Associates for the American Wind Wildlife Institute.

The evaluation was carried out in 7 DTBirdV4D4 units installed in 2016 in a California wind farm, using eagle-like unmanned aerial vehicles (aka, UAV) with a 2 m wingspan, and studying in situ large raptor behavior registered during 2017.

The evaluation yielded the following major results:

  • DTBirdV4 Detection Module:
    • Up to 99%1 Overall eagle-like UAV Detection rate from > 230 m to the Rotor Swept Area (RSA).
    • 63% mean Detection rate per distance band of 30 m (7 distance bands from >230 m to the RSA).
    • 2.5 False Positive rate (flight recording of something other than birds)/WTG/day2.
  • DTBirdD4 Collision Avoidance Module:
    • Deterrence response rates3 when considering unequivocally successful deterrence and potential deterrence:
      • 52-83% for golden eagles.
      • 36-76% for buteos.
      • 39-78% for all raptors. 
  • DTBirdV4D4 service reliability4:
    • >98% System.
    • >98% HD Cameras.
    • 100% Collision Avoidance.

To see the original report with DTBird notes, please go to this Link.

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DTBirdV4D4 unit installed at Manzana Wind Power Project.

1 DTBird calculation for a flight path from >230 m to the RSA, through 7 distance bands with the mean detection rate presented in the Pilot Study (figure 19, page 51; DTBird note on the same page gives calculation details and online access to these calculations). Lower overall detection rates or even no detection is expected under specific conditions (e.g. flights entering the surveillance area at less than the maximum detection distance, or flight paths through sun glare areas).
2 The FP rate has been calculated by DTBird with the data provided in the Pilot Study, as detailed in DTBird note in epigraph: 4.1 DTBird Targeting Efficiency, page 58.
3 Including the potential interacting effect of the spinning blades, that requires a controlled experiment to be isolated.
4 Maintenance Summary provided by DTBird, located in table G1, pages 84-86.
New Offices and Assembling Facilities

After several months of preparation, the new offices and assembling facilities have started full production. The space has been doubled to more than 600 m2 and the staff has grown to over 20 technicians that are working on research, manufacturing, and providing technical support to over 100 DTBird&DTBat operational units.

This expansion will make it possible for us to install over 100 new units during the next six months in Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Spain and the USA.

 

DTBird new offices DTBird new assembling facilities

Photos of new DTBird offices and assembling facilities

DTBird&DTBat Team participated in WindEnergy Hamburg 2018

DTBird&DTBat technicians presented the latest models with upgraded features to over 50 companies and public organizations. They also discussed the results of the latest evaluation of DTBirdV4D4 (model 2016) in the USA. 

Currently DTBird is operating in 2 onshore wind farms in Germany and it is scheduled to be installed in another wind farm in the following months. Additionally, DTBird has been operating in the offshore Platform FINO 1 for over 2 years.

DTBird & DTBat stand WindEnergy Hamburg 2018

DTBird&DTBat stand at WindEnergy Expo in Hamburg.

DTBird in Germany

At first, at the end of 2015, DTBirdV4 started operating in the offshore Platform FINO 1, over 40km offshore in the North Sea, contracted by the Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH). This year the models DTBirdV4D8 and DTBirdV8 have been installed for the first time in onshore wind turbines in Lower Saxony and Bavaria.

DTBird will participate in the following events, the first one giving the guest lecture of "Field Ornithology" at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf on April 10th. In the second event DTBird will attend WindEnergy Hamburg at hall A1, stand 203 on September 25-28th.

DTBird models installation in onshore wind turbine Germany

DTBird models installed in onshore wind turbines, Germany.

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