The workshop “Radar technology – advanced methods of monitoring birds and bats in the development of wind farms” was held on 20th October 2021 on Brijuni Islands, Croatia, under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.
Organized by OIKON – Institute of Applied Ecology, Robin Radar Systems, Supernatural and the Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia, it was the first workshop of its kind.
It included a presentation of advanced methods of protecting wildlife using radar technology, which has not yet been used for this purpose in Croatia, although it is widespread in countries with a developed renewable energy sources sector.
Workshop participants – including representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, nature protection experts, developers and investors in renewable energy sources, licensed environmental consulting companies and specialized NGOs – discussed the development challenges of wind farm projects in Croatia and measures to mitigate adverse effects on wildlife, namely the use of radar technology.
This is the overview video of the event with participants’ statements:
The following are full videos of speeches and presentations held at the workshop and the demonstration of Robin Radar System’s MAX® radar:
Mr Dalibor Hatić, Director of Oikon Ltd. – Institute of Applied Ecology, holds an introduction speech and welcomes everyone to the workshop
Ms Sanja Ivelj, Head of Sector for Energy Market Development and Infrastructure, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, talks about “the planned development in the energy sector of the Republic of Croatia in the light of the obligations arising from the Low-Carbon Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2030 with an outlook to 2050 and the EU Green Deal”
Ms Maja Pokrovac, Director of the association Renewable Energy Sources of Croatia explains “the potential in the development of renewable energy sources in Croatia”
Mr Aljoša Duplić, Director of the Institute for Environment and Nature at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, presents “the challenges in the implementation of obligations arising from national and EU regulations in the field of nature protection in the development of renewable energy sources and wind farms in particular”
Ms Sibylle Giraud, VP Wind and Environmental Practice at Robin Radar Systems, explains “radar technology and its applications worldwide”
Ms Barbara Vodarić Šurija, Head of Analysis and Expert Support Division at Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service, talks about “radars for weather and wildlife and the importance of meteorological radars in monitoring biological elements”
Ms Jonne Kleyheeg-Hartman, Senior Bird Ecologist at Bureau Waardenburg, presents “the use of the radar input to create a predictive model for bird migration for mitigation purposes – the Eemshaven case study (NL)”
Mr Petteri Mäkelä, Environmental Engineer at Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, presents the “shutdown mechanism of wind powerplant in the case of Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm in Finland”
Mr Søren Kappelgaard, External Consultant at Vestas, talks about “the integration of the Robin Radar System on the Musselroe wind farm in Tasmania”
Mr Ralph Wiersema, Technical Sales Engineer at Robin Radar Systems, holds a demonstration of the company’s MAX® radar