The developers behind the UK’s largest offshore wind project are seeking innovators to come up with tagging technology that can help understand the behaviour of Scotland’s seabirds and minimise the environmental impact of turbines. EDP Renewables has consent to develop three massive wind farms in the Moray Firth that collectively will generate enough power for 700,000 homes. Each scheme will consist of up to 62 turbines, with a total capacity of 1,116 megawatts. Known as Moray East, the developments will be sited 14 miles off the Caithness coast. As part of planning regulations, the potential environmental impact of the wind farms must be understood. Current methods for monitoring wildlife are costly, prone to failure and often do not give an accurate picture of animals’ movements.
Scotland on Sunday 4th June 2017 read more »