Innovative bird deterrent lasers have yielded successful results at substations plagued by bird-caused power outages.
The high-tech solution to a longstanding problem will help substation operators prevent outages, improve reliability, and reduce repair and equipment costs.
Birds are thenumber two cause of power outages in the US, according to a report by T&D World, an online publication that covers matters relating to the electric power-delivery system.
An IEEE survey reported that 86% of the utility companies that responded indicated birds caused major problems in substations, second only to squirrels. Electrical substations are plagued by bird roosting and bird droppings.
Currently available bird deterrents - coverups, noisemakers, fake predators, fog machines - only provide temporary, spotty relief.
AVIX Autonomic laser bird deterrent technology takes advantage of bird’s natural instincts. Birds perceive an approaching laser beam as a predator and flee to seek safety when the laser beam passes by.
There are a couple of thousand users of the bird deterrent lasers worldwide.
TransGard, a leading expert in animal-deterrence at substations, confirmed the need for the technology.
“15 utility companies in 10 US states are already using the AVIX Autonomic lasers,” said Bill Reichard, TransGard President.
“Power outages have a serious impact on our daily life. Autonomic lasers offer a unique - and uniquely effective - solution. They will be able to protect hundreds of substations at risk for bird-caused outages.”