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Noise levels and noise perception from small and micro wind turbines

Taylor, Jennifer; Eastwick, Carol; Lawrence, Claire; Wilson, Robin

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Jennifer Taylor

Carol Eastwick

Claire Lawrence

Robin Wilson

Abstract

Noise concerns frequently pose a barrier to widespread implementation of wind turbines and while the perception of noise from large turbines has been investigated, there is a relative gap in the research for small and micro wind turbines. This paper presents findings from interdisciplinary research linking noise measurements from small wind installations with an investigation into the effect of individual personality traits and noise perception. A survey distributed to households living close to one of 12 micro or small turbine sites, coupled with environmental noise measurements was analysed. The survey showed that the most commonly perceived noises are ‘swooshing’ and ‘humming’, the presence of which may be inferred from the measured frequency spectra. Exploration of survey results showed individuals with a more negative attitude to wind turbines perceive more noise from a turbine located close to their dwelling and those perceiving more noise report increased levels of general symptoms. Individuals' personality also affected attitudes to wind turbines, noise perception from small and micro turbines and symptom reporting.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Renewable Energy
Print ISSN 0960-1481
Electronic ISSN 1879-0682
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Institution Citation Taylor, J., Eastwick, C., Lawrence, C., & Wilson, R. (in press). Noise levels and noise perception from small and micro wind turbines. Renewable Energy, 55, doi:10.1016/j.renene.2012.11.031
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2012.11.031
Keywords Wind Turbine, Noise, Urban, Human Perception, Measurement
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148112007665
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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