Aside from its unprofitability forecast, maybe Shell knows something about wind energy that we don’t when they pulled out of their UK offshore wind farm investment.
According to this article from New Scientist, a study shows that the moving blades from wind turbines can cause a drop in pressure that makes the delicate lungs of bats suddenly expand and burst. This is known as a barotrauma, and is well-known to scuba divers.
The theory is that the high-frequency noise from the turbines’ gears and blades could be disrupting the bats’ echolocation systems.
*Echolocation – in Wiki definition is the biological sonar used by animals such as dolphins, bats and whales for navigation and for foraging in various environments.
Will this issue cause investment hesitation towards wind energy? It’s too soon to tell although if dolphins and whales will be found suddenly floating near offshore wind farms, this clean energy will definitely be out of the picture as soon as possible.
These bats will probably have to fend for themselves for now unless somebody will have the bright idea to build a force field big enough to warn the bats to go away from these evil lung poppers.
As one commenter noted, every energy source has its pros and cons. We just have to choose wisely which one will give the most benefit to humans and the environment.