Bats and Wind power

Since 1990 Bats and Wind Power has been a major focus of FriNaT. In accordance with the climate policy, we are committed to supporting the necessary development of wind power so that the protection of biodiversity, especially of bats, is guaranteed.

Since bats are an endangered species and are strictly protected both by German and European laws, they must be considered in the planning and operation of wind parks. It is also necessary to implement the appropriate measures to avoid collisions as best as possible.

From 2007 to 2010 Dr. Robert Brinkmann coordinated the Research project ‚ „Entwicklung von Methoden zur Untersuchung und Reduktion des Kollisionsrisikos von Fledermäusen an On-Shore-Windenergieanlagen‚“ („Development of Methods for Assessment and for limiting the risk of bat collisions at on-shore wind turbines‚“) for the development of efficient mitigation measures to avoid collision. This project was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in collaboration with the Leibniz-University Hannover, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, ENERCON GmbH, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

The aim of the study was to research the factors that influence the collision risk of bats at wind farms. The results helped to formulate recommendations for site planning and bat-friendly operation of wind turbines.

We use these recommendations as a basis for our assessments and development of mitigation measures.

Currently we are involved in a subsequent project (2011-2013) with the Leibniz University Hannover and the University of Erlangen to verify the efficacy of our recommended mitigation measures, to further develop the assessment methods for bat activity, and to compile a summary of the current recommendations and directives concerning bats in the planning of wind farms respective to each federal state.

Press release from Leibniz University Hannover at the start of the new research project.

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