Wind Technology Tool Definitions

This page is meant to define the scope of technologies that are included in the wind technologies tool, and provide detailed definitions for the fields.

Scope:

  • Includes technologies meant to monitor and/or mitigate wildlife interactions with wind energy
  • Includes offshore and land-based wind
  • Includes international technology
  • Includes instrumentation and software, but not services
  • Includes technology that is freely available, available for purchase, or in-development
  • Includes technologies from analogous industries (e.g., offshore oil and gas, marine energy) as long as the monitoring/mitigation function is similar

Definitions:

Field Definition
Hierarchy Application of the technology for either monitoring or mitigation.
Industry Land-based, offshore, or both
Phase Phase(s) of the wind farm when the technology is used.
Stressor The physical or biological external effect of wind turbines or wind farms on organisms, habitats, or ecosystem processes.
Receptor Receptors include organisms, habitats, or ecosystem processes effected by wind turbines or wind farms.
Technology Name Name of technology, linked to the technology webpage.
Description General description of the technology.
Placement and Integration

Location of technology placement on turbine or wind farm.

Development Status Categories describing whether the technology is available or discontinued.
Research Summary

Categories describing the level of testing that has been conducted

A brief summary of the most recent technical evaluations your technology has undergone, including a publication, study receptor, approach, location, and dates.

Citations Links to documents describing the testing and validation history for the technology.
Hierarchy Definition
Monitoring Methods and technologies used to observe ecosystem processes, habitat changes, behavior, activity, or abundance, and to assess potential environmental impacts resulting from a project.
Mitigation A process by which projects implement measures to avoid, minimize, and compensate the adverse effects of environmental impacts resulting from a project. Depending on the regulatory authority, mitigation may also refer to measures that reduce, rectify, rehabilitate, or offset impacts.
Research Status Definition
Laboratory Lab or bench study primarily focused on the initial performance of the technology (e.g., functionality and durability)
Pilot Field Study Early-stage study focused on the performance of the technology and initial effectiveness relative to the species of interest. May be performed at a wind farm or in a natural setting where the species of interest may be present
Small-scale Field Study Mid-stage study focused on the performance of the technology, initial integration of the technology with the wind turbine or wind farm infrastructure, and effectiveness relative to the species of interest. Conducted at a wind farm, but with a small sample size.
Large-scale Field Study Late-stage study focused on the performance of the technology, integration of the technology with the wind turbine or wind farm infrastructure, and effectiveness relative to the species of interest.. Conducted at one or more wind farms with a large sample size
Development Status Definition
Commercially Available

The product is available for purchase, but may still be undergoing further research and development.

Open-Source Available

The product is freely available for use, but may still be undergoing further research and development.

In Development The technology is under active development and not available for purchase or use.
Discontinued Development of the technology has ceased and no product is available, or the company has gone out of business.