- Here is a seven meter high post and there are eight fixed cameras up there. Together, they monitor a hemisphere with a radius of one kilometer, says Andreas Wickman, project manager for "Örnkoll" at Gotland's wind turbine producers. He continues:
- When driving in a sharp position and when the eagle gets too close to a wind turbine, a stop signal goes to exactly that wind turbine and it then shuts down in 20 seconds.
Eight fixed cameras monitor the airspace. On top is a moving camera that can track and identify birds. Photo: SVT Ornithologists check
The project is funded by Gotland's wind turbine producers, Region Gotland, Vattenfall and the Swedish Energy Agency. The camera set up in January is initially connected to three wind turbines. It should now be tested for six months to see how good it is at detecting eagles. Therefore, ornithologists will also monitor the air during the test period. If the man sees an eagle, then hopefully the camera should have done it too.
Juho Könönen, ornithologist. Photo: SVT
- We will compare whether the camera looks much more or much less than the human. It is said to be good - that it can see eagles easily and even decide if it is sea or king eagle. We do not know what it will be like, but we will see, says Juho Könönen, one of several ornithologists who will help with the test.Can facilitate wind power expansion
The hope is that the technology will prevent eagles from being killed by wind turbines, and that it will then be easier to build wind power near the eagle's nest.
- Gotland has around 200 eagle nests. With the protection distances that apply today, the entire Gotland map becomes very fragmented. So it is not possible to build any combined groups with wind turbines. The hope is that we will be able to gather wind power in a few places. Then we must have a large interconnected area. This camera can then probably open so that we get such areas, says Andreas Wickman.