Painting one turbine blade black reduces bird fatalities by 72%, says study

2020-08-27

Scientists in Norway have found that painting one of the three blades on a wind turbine black reduces avian deaths by 72%.

If this “contrast painting” were to be implemented at new onshore and offshore wind farms, it could reduce public opposition, speed up permitting processes and enable wind farms to be built at sites previously thought to be too problematic, they write in a scientific paper.

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