Identiflight and wind energy
Boulder Imaging has emerged as a leader in driving innovative solutions to support the growing wind energy industry. From endangered species detection to aerial surveys for environmental studies to optimizing turbine blade performance, our proprietary technology accommodates unique identification challenges and delivers cost-effective performance.
Since 2012, Boulder Imaging has worked with Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES), one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the world, to reduce or eliminate the chance of eagles colliding with rotating wind turbine blades. The result of this collaboration is the IdentiFlight Aerial Detection System with Boulder Imaging serving as the exclusive technology provider.
IdentiFlight is an autonomous aerial monitoring and detection system. High-precision optical technology utilized atop IdentiFlight’s tower design can detect and classify an eagle in seconds flying anywhere within a one kilometer hemisphere around each tower. By empowering customers to make highly targeted, informed, and objective curtailment decisions, unnecessary and costly interruptions are avoided.
In aerial survey work, high quality images are critical to enable successful review and statistical analyses by biologists. Our proprietary technology excels in two critical aspects: first, our technology is uniquely capable of acquiring and storing large volumes of uncompressed high resolution images at high data rates. Second, our machine vision processing of the imagery – either in real-time or through post-processing – elevates the quality, traceability and objectivity of field biologists’ reporting.
Boulder Imaging has developed methodology for conducting high-definition aerial ocean wildlife surveys with optimal sensor technology and data acquisition. With our optical design and proprietary software, aerial surveys can acquire millions of images at 1 cm resolution at the ocean surface.
In order to optimize the design and efficiency of wind turbine blades, wind turbine design engineers need to predict how the blades behave under various operating conditions. BI provides the ability to monitor, image and measure how wind flows across blades while in motion. A major turbine manufacturer has capitalized on BI’s machine vision technique through measurement and analysis of turbine blade twist and flex. The results are used to continually optimize performance as turbines grow in size and energy output.