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.
The IdentiFlight® system blends artificial intelligence with the high-precision optical technology developed by Boulder Imaging to detect eagles and protect them from collisions with rotating wind turbine blades. Automatic detection and species determination occur within seconds for birds flying within a one kilometer hemisphere around an IdentiFlight tower. If an eagle’s speed and flight path indicate risk of collision, a signal is generated to shut down that specific wind turbine. 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.