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AVES Wind Onshore

We have made it our mission to reconcile the requirements for species protection with the need for a high energy yield.  AVES Wind Onshore addresses this task with the help of AI.

Species protection requirements

When planning and approving wind turbines, it must be checked whether the construction and operation of the planned wind turbines conflicts with national species protection legislation. If the risk of killing a wind farm-sensitive bird species increases significantly as a result of the construction and operation of a wind turbine, and this conflict cannot be resolved through mitigation/avoidance measures, the planned wind turbine – subject to the possibility of an exception – will not be approved. A blanket operating regulation is then often required. Use of the camera-based bird detection system AVES Wind Onshore ensures that a high level of protection is maintained while at the same time reducing efficiency losses. AVES Wind Onshore reduces general shutdown times to a short needs-based and event-related shutdown of a few minutes.


Maximum energy yields - solutions for your wind farm

With AVES Wind Onshore, you are able to put your wind turbine into idle mode as needed to protect large birds such as the red kite. The system is based on a highly integrated camera system, proven industrial detection and tracking software, and tried and tested AI to reliably identify species. AVES Wind is designed as a subsystem of complex wind turbines and can be configured in accordance with local species protection regulations by simply networking several wind turbines in a wind farm.


The system concept ensures:


  • Low installation costs by using the wind turbine infrastructure

  • Accurate and high acquisition rates due to a large field of view

  • Accurate distance measurement and minimal response times to reduce idle mode phases

  • High availability of the system due to industry standards

  • Rapid expansion of the system for wind farm adjustments or due to changes in species protection legislation

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Artificial intelligence for species and climate protection

A central component of the AVES Wind Onshore system are the cameras which monitor the airspace around the wind farm by panning, tilting and zooming, automatically tracking birds and zooming in to identify the species. All cameras used are technically identical and equipped with the same hard- and software for image processing. Thus, each of these industry-proven security cameras has these capabilities.

The associated tracking software is already being used successfully in drone detection and defense and uses the camera images to initially detect flying objects in the airspace to be monitored. After at least one camera has detected, tracked and zoomed in on a flying object, an AI specially tailored to the wind farm determines whether it is a red kite, a different flying object or another bird species that is not associated with a shutdown specification.

Continuous monitoring is ensured by several camera systems distributed across the wind farm, which are attached to the wind turbines.

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