08 Feb 2024, Case Studies
Our client, the K. Lisa Yang Centre for Conservation Bioacoustics at Cornell University, collects and interprets sounds in nature by developing and applying innovative conservation technologies across diff erent environments to inspire and inform the conservation of wildlife and habitats.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology works collaboratively with the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, US Army Corps of Engineers on a mitigation project to acoustically detect and report in near real-time the presence of endangered bird species on the Island of Hawai’i to minimize the potential negative impacts of military exercises on the local bird community.
Due to the nature of the project, reliable and continuous operation of the near real-time acoustic recording units is extremely important. The production of high-resolution images and acoustic detection of bird calls as part of the research draw a lot of continuous power which is difficult to maintain remotely.
The client chose to implement an EFOY ProEnergyBox customized with an EFOY Pro 900 Fuel Cell used in conjunction with 125 W of solar. This hybrid energy solution meant the research project could continue monitoring and exporting near real-time data with enough autonomous power for up to two years.
The EFOY Pro Fuel Cell in addition to solar supplies ongoing power to ensure 24/7/365 visibility and autonomy for near real-time data acquisition key to understanding the avian community which encompasses the research project.
“The EFOY systems have been running flawlessly for over a year now and have been essential for the success of our project. We will consider these setups for future projects aiming at monitoring remote and inaccessible areas.”