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Title: A Biomimetic Ultrasonic Whistle for Use as a Bat Deterrent on Wind Turbines

Technical Report ·
DOI:https://doi.org/10.2172/1828584· OSTI ID:1828584

Our project goal was to design a novel mechanical ultrasonic deterrent for use on wind turbines in order to reduce bat fatalities around these structures. Our proposed deterrent design would be composed of a series of ultrasonic pulse generators, or whistles, affixed to a wind turbine blade, which produce ultrasound through mechanical means. The whistles would produce sounds mimicking the spectrotemporal patterns of bat echolocation pulses, thereby enhancing the bats’ ability to detect, localize and avoid the moving blades. These whistles are intended to be operated passively, blown by the wind, and to be positioned at intervals along a turbine blade. Because the source of sound generation will be mechanical in nature, these devices will require no external power source, should require little maintenance, and will be small and cost-effective.

Research Organization:
Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Organization:
USDOE
DOE Contract Number:
EE0007032
OSTI ID:
1828584
Report Number(s):
DE-EE0007032
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English