Probabilidad de que los murcielagos sufran barotraumatismo cerca de palas de aerogeneradores en movimiento (Spanish)

Emma Guest, Cris Hein

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


In October 2018, the International Energy Agency Wind Task 34 - Working Together to Resolve the Environmental Effects of Wind Energy (WREN) - organized a virtual forum to discuss the likelihood of bats experiencing barotrauma when flying near moving wind turbine blades. The forum included experts in bat biology and physiology, bat and wind turbine interactions, wind turbine technology, and atmospheric sciences. This educational brief summarizes the discussion during the forum and written comments from those who could not attend. Relevant literature was used to provide additional context when needed. Possible explanations regarding the direct cause of bat mortality at operating wind turbines are (1) blunt force trauma caused by turbine blades striking individual bats, often referred to as collisions, and (2) barotrauma, resulting from exposure to pressure changes located near the surface of moving wind turbine blades. While collision- related mortality is easily understood, the mechanism causing barotrauma is more complex. Fast-moving wind turbine blades create regions of high- and low-pressure variations along the blade surfaces. If bats fly within these regions, the rapid change in pressure may cause internal bleeding, damage to lungs or other organs, and damage to the inner ear. However, sufficient data demonstrating barotrauma as a common cause of bat mortality at wind turbines are lacking. Moreover, the pressure variation necessary to cause barotrauma in bats is so close to the surface of turbine blades that there is a higher probability of direct contact with the blades than of solely experiencing barotrauma. Regardless of the cause, bats are interacting with fast-moving wind turbine blades, and these interactions are resulting in fatalities. Resolving this issue will require a better understanding of bat behavior and cost-effective measures to reduce interactions between bats and wind turbines. This is the Spanish translation of NREL/FS-5000-84749, "The Likelihood of Bats Experiencing Barotrauma Near Moving Wind Turbine Blades."
Original languageSpanish
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2023

Bibliographical note

This is the Spanish translation of NREL/FS-5000-84749, "The Likelihood of Bats Experiencing Barotrauma Near Moving Wind Turbine Blades"

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5000-86927


  • barotrauma
  • bats
  • land-based wind
  • wind energy

Cite this