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Wind turbine noise

Wind turbines are an important part of the solution to Denmark's energy and climate challenges. Wind power constitutes a major part of total energy production in Denmark. Wind power nonetheless poses certain problems in terms of both noise and visual impact. However, wind power is a technology that brings challenges of its own.

The weather conditions in Denmark make wind power one of the most advantageous sustainable energy sources. Since the end of the 1970s, Denmark has amassed strong technological and research expertise in wind power, and in 2011 the Danish wind industry has made for about a quarter of the global wind turbine market.

Noise from wind turbines
The environmental impact of wind turbines includes noise but also visual effects such as disfigurement of the landscape, rotating shadows and aircraft warning lights. The environmental impact depends on the proximity of the turbines to neighbouring properties and how they are placed in the landscape.

Wind turbine regulations
The environmental impact of wind turbines includes noise but also visual effects such as disfigurement of the landscape, rotating shadows and aircraft warning lights. The environmental impact depends on the proximity of the turbines to neighbouring properties and how they are placed in the landscape.

Low frequency noise from wind turbines
Wind turbine noise can contain both low and high frequency noise. Most noise is caused by the rotation of the blades and is high frequency. However, noise from wind turbines can also contain low frequency noise, which is perceived as deep sounds.

Q&A: Low frequency noise from wind turbines

The Danish statutory order on wind turbine noise was revised to include a new regulation of low frequency noise. This applies to wind turbines notified to the Danish authorities after January first, 2012.

Get your questions about low frequency noise from wind turbines answered