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Endesa starts up the world's first laser lighting system in wind farm to protect shearwater


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    Enel Green Power España (EGPE), a renewable subsidiary of Endesa, has recently put into operation a laser lighting system in the Fuencaliente wind farm, in La Palma, a wind farm installed by Eólicas de Fuencaliente, SA, a company in which it also Fuencaliente City Council participates.

    Key Highlight:

    * Endesa participates in the Canary Islands in 15 wind farms, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power España, together with different public and private institutions on the islands, which add up to an installed capacity of 63.7 MW.

    Original Press Release:

    May 19 -- Endesa issued the following news release:

    - The Enel Green Power España project, Endesa's renewable energy subsidiary, increases visibility among birds at the Fuencaliente wind farm , on the island of La Palma.

    - The beam of light, respectful of the so-called Law of Heaven , does not exceed the horizon line and ends right at the last wind turbine.

    Enel Green Power España (EGPE), a renewable subsidiary of Endesa, has recently put into operation a laser lighting system in the Fuencaliente wind farm, in La Palma, a wind farm installed by Eólicas de Fuencaliente, SA, a company in which it also Fuencaliente City Council participates. This R&D&I project becomes a worldwide pioneer with application in a renewable energy installation. With this beam of laser light, which does not exceed the line of the horizon, thus respecting the so-called Law of Heaven, it is intended that the Cory's shearwater that comes to the island of La Palma every spring to nest detect the light signal and modify its trajectory Of flight. The objective of this project, which has been supervised by the Government of the Canary Islands, is to protect birds on their night flights.

    The Atlantic Cory's Shearwater or Canary Shearwater ( Calonectris Diomedea Borealis) , is a species of procellariform bird typical of the Atlantic. It is a nocturnal seabird that spends most of the year offshore and returns to land to nest. It is a species included in the List of Wild Species under Special Protection Regime (RD 139/2011), and in the Canarian Catalog of Protected Species (Law 4/2010).

    In fact, canaries are very emotionally attached to shearwaters. And, during the breeding season, it is common to hear their high guttural and nasal sounds that become authentic concerts. They form their nests in the high areas of cliffs and caves to avoid the action of predators, mainly cats and rats. The Cory's shearwater chick is fed by both parents for 90 days and after that time it is abandoned by its parents. So the young must learn by themselves to start the flight and to procure food.

    The innovative system that Endesa has installed to protect the shearwaters that settle on La Palma during the breeding season has been designed by means of a laser lighting mechanism placed in the wind farm's meteorological tower, whose light beam will be directed towards the shaft of the wind turbine closest to the sea, with which it seeks to help the shearwaters that arrive from outside the island to nest in this place on the coast where the wind farm is located.

    In recent years, Enel Green Power has studied the behavior of birds in the south of the island, especially the birds that come in from the sea to nest in the period from May to September, with the implementation of different projects. Even the Cory's shearwater's flight paths have been tracked.

    Enel Green Power has chosen to test this laser lighting solution, which has been preceded by very positive preliminary results after being tested in other types of facilities with other species of shearwater on the island of Hawaii and other experiences to drive away wildlife in farm fields . In the case of La Palma, the collaboration of the consulting company Alenta Medioambiente has been counted on to start up this project.

    The representative of Enel Green Power in the Canary Islands, Manuel Ortega , explains that “the system is activated automatically at 9:00 p.m. and deactivates at 7:00 a.m. the next day, all through a preconfigured pattern. The beam of light does not exceed the horizon line and just ends at the last wind turbine in the park, as planned and requested by the different administrations involved”. In addition, the monitoring work of the Fuencaliente Wind Farm will continue.

    The La Palma wind farm has a nominal installed capacity of 22.5 MW [megawatts] and consists of 3 Enercon E-44 wind turbines, with a hub height of 56 meters; in 2019 it added an annual production of 11,027 MWh [megawatt hours].

    Endesa participates in 15 wind farms in the Canary Islands, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power España (EGPE), together with different public and private institutions on the islands, which add up to an installed capacity of 63.7 MW. In Spain, Endesa currently manages, through EGPE, more than 7,507 MW of installed renewable capacity in Spain. Of this figure, 4,711 MW are from conventional hydraulic generation; and the rest, 2,796 MW, are from wind power (2,362 MW), solar (352 MW), mini-hydro (79 MW) and other renewable sources (3 MW).

    Enel Green Power , within the Enel Group, is dedicated to the development and operation of renewables throughout the world, with a presence in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with an installed capacity of around 53.2 GW in a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies in renewable energy plants.

    About Endesa

    Endesa is the leading electricity company in Spain and the second in Portugal. It is also the second gas operator in the Spanish market. It develops an integrated business of generation, distribution and marketing, and also offers, through? Endesa X , value-added services aimed at the electrification of energy uses in homes, companies, industries and Public Administrations. Endesa is firmly committed to the United Nations SDGs and, as such, decisively promotes the development of renewable energies through Enel Green Power Spain, the digitization of networks through e-distribution, and Corporate Social Responsibility. In this last area we also act from the Endesa Foundation. Our human team totals around 9,260 employees. Endesa is part of Enel, the largest electricity group in Europe.

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    Source: Endesa

    [Category: New Renewable Energy]

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