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Ammonit News 04/2017

Detecting the activity of bats and lightning storms in the surrounding of your planned or operating wind farm.



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Dear Reader,

Operating a wind farm efficient and profitable might be challenging when it comes to conflicts with nature and extreme weather conditions. A lightning storm can be a serious thread for wind turbines and maintenance workers. Nature protection plays also an important role when wind farms are planned and operated, e.g., to protect animals from being injured or even killed by wind turbines.


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It is not necessary to measure lightning storms in the site assessment procedure, although lightning can seriously damage a wind turbine.

Some regions are more affected by lightning. In order to detect the local distribution of lightning strikes we recommend including a lightning detector in your wind measurement system. The lightning detector identifies distance and range of dangerous storms.

The Ammonit lightning detector can easily be connected to our Meteo-40 data logger. Thus you can also use the lightning detector in your SCADA system to have live data about lightning at the wind farm, e.g., to reschedule maintenance work.

Minimize the risk of lightning strikes on your turbine.


More and more wind farms are in operation. In some areas renewable energy project collide with nature protection, e.g., strictly protected species like bats. In order to build nature-friendly wind farms, which do not affect protected animals, the presence of those animals has to be detected to switch the wind turbines off while the animals are active.

Ammonit offers a new solution to early detect bats in the surrounding of a wind farm. The detection system is compatible with Ammonit Meteo-40 data loggers and can be integrated in your SCADA system. Hence, you have live data about any bat activity and can switch off the wind turbines at the right time.

Nature-friendly and efficient operation of wind farms with the Ammonit bat detection system.

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