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Tech For Good – Norwegian Startup Leveraged Computer Vision and AI to Save More Birds from Wind Turbines

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Tech For Good - Norwegian Startup Leveraged Computer Vision and AI to Save More Birds from Wind Turbines

Wind is the largest source of renewable energy in the U.S., according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, but wind farms come with an environmental cost as wind turbines can wreak havoc on bird populations. Meet Spoor, the startup using AI to help wind farms mitigate that risk!

At the core of Spoor’s technology, is its ability to track a bird’s 3D flight path within a wind farm and in the immediate vicinity of the turbine blades. This capability not only provides an in-depth understanding of bird flight patterns and behaviour, but also holds the potential to detect and prevent collisions, significantly helping in the planning of new offshore wind farms.

“Wind farms are quite huge, many hundred square kilometers, and trying to use computer vision to basically monitor the air is an interesting technology challenge. We needed to create a scalable technology that can detect birds. It’s kind of a novel use of computer vision and our own data pipeline.”

Ask Helseth, Co-founder and CEO, Spoor

Except for commercial purposes, the ultimate goal is to have the most significant impact on protecting wildlife populations and accelerating the global transition to clean and sustainable energy sources!

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