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    posted:  August 19, 2021
    Announcements, Australia, Health, Noise, StudiesPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health

    Wind Farm Noise Laboratory Study

    This project will use the best available measurements of sleep and physiological activation responses to a range of different noise types to carefully test noise impacts on sleep macro-structure (sleep stage distribution and wake time during the sleep period) and sleep micro-structure (brief arousal and physiological activation responses).

    Participants who take part in the (CATI) and consent to being contacted about potential further involvement in this project, may be approached to take part in this phase of the study. Residents who have not been contacted via the CATI but would like to participate, are welcome to express their interest to partake in this experiment and will be considered.

    What is the research question?

    This study was the first direct investigation of real-world wind farm noise compared to traffic noise effects using gold-standard assessments of sleep (i.e., polysomnography that measures brainwaves and other physiological factors to determine sleep/wake). The aim was to assess self-reported (subjective) and direct objective measures of sleep quality in a carefully controlled laboratory environment to investigate relationships between noise, sleep disturbances and other factors.
    What will the participants be expected to do?

    Participants were booked to attend the sleep laboratory for seven consecutive nights (plus additional recovery nights if required to recover from the experimental nights), based on their availability and the availability of the laboratory. They resided in a private, self-contained bedroom (like a hotel room, with a king-size single bed, ensuite and shower facilities) and were welcome to use a shared lounge, kitchen and washing facilities.

    We also posted a sleep monitoring device (like a FitBit) and sleep diary, that participants will be asked to use for two weeks prior to their laboratory stay.

    Upon arrival at the sleep laboratory on the very first evening, participants were familiarised with the facility and the experimental procedures and given an opportunity to settle into your bedroom. After dinner, research personnel including trained sleep and sound technicians, set up participants with sleep-recording devices. Participants then undertook a listening test to examine annoyance and acceptability for sleep toward different noise types, and complete questionnaires.

    At their usual bedtime, lights were turned off in participants’ bedrooms for sleep.

    Each morning, four saliva samples at 15-minute intervals as a measure of stress-response (cortisol, and a 5th sample in the evening). Participants were then asked to complete a sequence of computerised tasks and questionnaire.

    On a single occasion, a small hair sample was collected to measure long-term stress and, on another occasion, participants attended a 60-minute clinical audiology appointment at the Flinders Medical Centre Audiology Clinic.

    What benefits will participants receive?

    Full accommodation, all meals and snack was provided during the stay.

    Participants received $100 per night reimbursement for their time, plus $200 upon successful completion of all 7 overnights. Participants travelling from rural areas received $400 for travel expenses and $100 for urban travel to the laboratory.

    Location of the study

    Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Nick Antic Laboratory located at 5 Laffer Drive, Bedford Park, South Australia 5042.

    Who is eligible to participate?

    Who to contact and by what date?

    Please contact Dr. Gorica Micic before December 2020.

    Phone: +61 8 8201 2377
    Email: WindFarmNoiseStudy@flinders.edu.au

    More information:

    Download the participant information sheet. Please register your interest using the form on the participant information sheet.

    Wind Farm Noise Study at the Adelaide Institute for Sleep Health, Flinders University: background information, publications and presentations, survey, in-home study, and laboratory study, community liaison group.

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    posted:  May 20, 2021
    Economics, Emissions, France, PublicationsPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Fédération Environnement Durable

    Nouveau livre concernant l’éolien – pour en finir avec les idées fausses

    [The Wind Plague by Patrice Cahart (Nicolas Saudray) –
    to put an end to misconceptions about wind energy
    ]

    Malgré toutes les objections et protestations, la progression éolienne se poursuit, au détriment de nos paysages et de nos finances. C’est pourquoi Patrice Cahart a rassemblé, dans un petit livre percutant, toutes les idées utiles sur ce sujet. Ancien inspecteur général des finances, il était bien placé pour dénoncer le gaspillage monumental que constitue l’éolien dans notre pays.

    Les éoliennes reposent sur un mythe, suivant lequel elles permettraient de réduire les émissions de carbone. Or la part des énergies fossiles (gaz surtout) dans notre production d’électricité est déjà tombée au plus bas. Elle ne saurait baisser davantage. L’expansion éolienne ne peut au contraire qu’accroître les émissions nocives, car une éolienne, dans notre pays, ne fonctionne en moyenne qu’à 24% de sa capacité. Pour le complément, force est de se tourner vers le gaz, polluant et, de plus en plus, d’origine russe.

    Le livre insiste aussi sur les conditions profondément anormales dans lesquelles l’éolien est financé. Les promoteurs se lancent avec un capital très faible, parfois un seul euro ! Les banques s’empressent de leur prêter tout le reste. Pourquoi cette faveur, refusée aux entreprises industrielles normales ? Parce que l’Etat garantit aux promoteurs éoliens, pendant vingt ans, une recette égale à peu près au double du prix de l’électricité sur le marché. Aucune autre branche de l’industrie française ne bénéficie d’un avantage aussi exorbitant.

    Les sommes gigantesques attirées par ce moyen pour financer des investissements éoliens inutiles manqueront pour financer ceux qui sont réellement utiles au climat (isolation, voitures électriques, chauffage électriques, voitures électriques).

    Entre les éoliennes et la France, il faut choisir.


    La Peste Éolienne
    Éditions Hugo Doc, 160 pages, 9,95 euros

    L’énergie éolienne a-t-elle un vrai rôle à jouer dans le ” mix énergétique ” on ne relève-t-elle que d’une imposture plus juteuse pour ses producteurs et pour ses promoteurs que pour le commun des mortels ?

    Vivons-nous l’ère des marchands de vent, dans le mauvais sens du mot ?

    Patrice Cahart ne voudrait pas que l’on apporte une fausse solution au vrai problème que constitue le réchauffement de notre planète. Sachant qu’une éolienne ne fonctionne en moyenne, dans notre pays, qu’à 24 % de sa puissance, il est indispensable d’assurer le complément, et de recourir au gaz, polluant. L’éolien est donc une fausse énergie propre, une fausse énergie renouvelable.

    Les éoliennes, dont certaines atteignent maintenant deux cents mètres de hauteur, ravagent nos paysages, qui sont le cadre de vie des Français, et l’une des bases de notre tourisme.

    De surcroît, le courant d’origine éolienne coûte deux fois plus cher que celui des centrales nucléaires actuellement en service, dont l’exemple des États-Unis montre qu’on peut les prolonger durant une quarantaine d’années. La réalisation du programme éolien actuel engloutirait des dizaines de milliards qui seraient bien plus utiles ailleurs (développement des véhicules électriques, isolation des bâtiments).

    Pour que vous retrouvez votre liberté de penser, Patrice Cahart vous donne les vrais clef du problème.

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    posted:  January 19, 2021
    Announcements, Meetings, Noise, StudiesPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  INCE Europe

    Ninth International Meeting on Wind Turbine Noise: accepted abstracts

    Wind Turbine Noise 2021
    May 18-21, 2021
    e-Conference from Europe:
    Ninth International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise

    Accepted abstracts
    (Presentations will be either oral, poster or part of a workshop session.)

    A review of different methodologies to measurement of Sound Pressure Level from Wind Farms
    Payam Ashtiani

    Efficient management of acoustic studies of large wind farm projects
    Miguel Ausejo Prieto, Laura Simón Otegui, Rubén García Morales

    A model to calculate the delta between internal noise with open windows vs external noise
    Andrea Bartolazzi, Cecilia Pompili

    A tower wake model for low-frequency noise of downwind turbine rotors
    Franck Bertagnolio

    Wind sector management using Beilis Tappert parabolic equation
    Karl Bolin

    Validation efforts of an open-source aeroacoustics model for wind turbines
    Pietro Bortolotti, Yi Guo, Eric Simley, Nicholas Hamilton, Patrick Moriarty, Carlo Sucameli, Franck Bertagnolio

    Development of IEC/TS 61400-11-2: Measurement of wind turbine noise characteristics in receptor position
    Sylvia Broneske, Bo Søndergaard

    The (psychoacoustic) basics of tonality perception
    Markus Buße, Robin Woodward, Sylvia Broneske

    Comparison between modelled and measured noise impact with varying ground factors
    Kohl Clark, Payam Ashtiani

    Prediction of wind turbines infrasound from meteorological parameters
    Sarah D’Amico, Timothy Van Renterghem, Dick Botteldooren

    Meteorological effects on wind turbine noise at the receptor location
    Pierre Dutilleux

    Different sound source setups in the simulation of wind turbine sound propagation
    Katharina Elsen, Arthur Schady

    Robust noise indicators using Gaussian Processes
    Arthur Finez, Favrot N., Petit A., Le Bourdat C., Antoni J.

    Estimation of the sound emergence of wind turbines by semi-supervised learning technique
    Jean-Rémy Gloaguen, David Ecotière, Benoit Gauvreau, Arthur Finez, Arthur Petit, Colin Lebourdat

    A study of the relationship between wind direction and sound level for wind turbines measured in the far field
    Duncan Halstead

    Effect of grid resolution on airfoil self-noise prediction by large eddy simulation
    S. Mohammad Hasheminasab, S.M. Hossein Karimian, Sahar Noori, Saman Lak

    Turbulence inflow noise prediction of wind turbine rotors: The physically correct Representations of the Simplified Amiet and Lowson Model
    Cordula Hornung, Christoph Scheit, Nils Noffke, Mohammad Kamruzzaman

    Calculation of wind turbine noise uncertainty for downwind conditions
    Bill Kayser, Vivien Mallet, Benoit Gauvreau, David Ecotière

    If they are not being made ill by infrasound, then what is it?
    Geoff Leventhall

    Amplitude modulation characteristics with distance and direction
    Tom Levet

    The effect of wind turbine noise on polysomnographically measured and subjective sleep onset latency in wind turbine noise naïve participants
    Tessa Liebich, Leon Lack, Gorica Micic, Kristy Hansen, Branko Zajamsek, Nicole Lovato, Claire Dunbar, Bastien Lechat, Felix Decup, Peter Catcheside

    Human subjective responses to wind turbine sound amplitude modulation: meta-analysis and synthesis of laboratory listening studies
    Michael Lotinga, Toby Lewis

    Changing states: A developer review of the evolution wind farm permissions under New York’s Article 10
    Krispian Lowe, Isaac Old, Kenneth Kaliski

    A review on the development of airfoils for wind turbine blades
    Alexandre Martuscelli Faria, Joseph Youssif Saab Jr., Sara Rodriguez, João Paulo Sales Barreto, Marcos de Mattos Pimenta

    Physics-based auralization of wind turbine noise
    David Mascarenhas, Benjamin Cotté, Olivier Doaré

    Comparison of tonality analysis methods for wind turbine receptor based long-term monitoring datasets
    Allan Munro, Adam Suban-Loewen, Cooper Hatfield, Payam Ashtiani

    Wind turbine sound quality rating
    Isaac Old

    Establishing sound limits for wind energy: What is the role of annoyance?
    Christopher Ollson, Mark Bastasch, Jacbos, United States

    Stymied by standards? Arguments for wind turbine noise standards that actually measure irritant drivers
    William (Bill) Palmer

    Assessment and rating of Wind turbine noise immission at dwellings – the influence of amplitude modulation, aerodynamic noise sources and the Doppler effect
    Kai Pies, Sergio Martinez

    Assessing Wind Turbine Noise Perception by means of contextual laboratory and online studies
    Stephan Preihs, Jakob Bergner, Daphne Schössow, Jürgen Peissig

    Decisions made to arrive at an implementation of ISO PAS 20065:2016 as the recommended tonality method for IEC/TS 61400-11-2, and a description of the current and developing implementation specifics to stimulate input and discussion
    Tonality Expert Group to PT61400-11-2

    The quasi-3D blade and rotor noise prediction methodology for the PNoise code and results
    Sara Rodriguez, Joseph Youssif Saab Jr., Alexandre Martuscelli Faria, João Paulo Barreto, Marcos de Mattos Pimenta

    On the need for improved prediction models and updated noise regulations to utilize the advanced controls strategies that are available modern for wind turbines
    Bo Søndergaard

    Tonality content analysed with both 1/3 octave band methods and narrowband methods and compared with listening test
    Lars Sommer Søndergaard, Mark Bastasch

    Long distance noise propagation measurements over water for an elevated sound source – investigating multiple reflections
    Lars Sommer Søndergaard, Erik Thysell, Christian Weirum Claumarch, Andrea Vignaroli

    Wind farm neighbourship investigated by a daily app questionnaire combining weather, noise and annoyance
    Lars Sommer Søndergaard, Christer P. Volk, Tomas Rosenberg Hansen, Lars Enggaard, Thomas Sørensen, Alfredo Peña

    Developing new airfoils for larger wind turbine blades
    Joseph Saab, Marcos de Mattos Pimenta, Alexandre Martuscelli Faria, Sara Rodriguez

    Numerical study of the impact of vortex generators on trailing edge noise
    Ferdinand Seel, Thorsten Lutz, Ewald Krämer

    Further experience of reviewing noise assessments for wind farms in Scotland and the implementation of the IOA Good Practice Guide to the application of ETSU-R-97 for the assessment and rating of wind turbine noise
    Steve Summers, Graham Parry

    Identifying the flap side-edge noise contribution of a wind turbine blade section with an active trailing-edge
    Alexandre Suryadi, Christoph Jätz, Michaela Herr, Jörg Seume

    A characterization of wind turbine noise and background noise levels distributions in far-field receptor testing of wind turbine facilities
    Nicholas Tam, Dorsa Fardaei, Duncan Halstead

    Audibility and health effects of infrasound
    Frits van den Berg, Irene van Kamp

    Health effects related to wind turbine sound: an update
    Irene van Kamp, Frits van den Berg

    Listening test design for adaption of ISO/PAS 20065 (2016) for wind farm noise assessment
    Robin Woodward, Markus Buße, Sylvia Broneske

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    posted:  December 21, 2020
    MainePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Piscataqua Press

    Deadly Turn

    Deadly Turn, by Sandra Neily

    Ready or not, trouble finds Patton Conover …

    In “Deadly Turn,” Patton and her wayward dog Pock are hired by a research firm to collect dead birds and bats at wind power generation sites. When a turbine explodes, she stumbles over the body part of an unknown man whose death implicates both her and her dog.

    Under a brutal fall heat wave and the unblinking scrutiny of the game warden who is another mystery in her life, she’s drawn into a battle with wind power developers and environmental activists.

    Adopted by a teenage trapper who moves into her cabin as he illegally raises an eagle to hunt over the dangerous wind site, Patton is, once again, offered only outlaw solutions to fight for a disappearing world while she tries to clear her name.

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    posted:  August 15, 2020
    Action alerts, Environment, Impacts, Ireland, Press releases, WildlifePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Wind Aware Dromahair

    In response to Coillte’s planning application to Leitrim/Sligo Counties

    OUTRAGED RURAL COMMUNITY ACCUSES
    Semi State COILLTE of
    GOLIATH v DAVID–style BULLYING TACTICS

    Local community group, WIND AWARE DROMAHAIR, claims that Coillte representatives assured them in 2018 that their proposed Croagh Windfarm, of GIANT wind turbines, would be fully compliant with the new, albeit still draft, Planning Guidelines.

    It now transpires that their application to Leitrim and Sligo County Councils is based on the 2006 Guidelines, described some years ago by former Environment Minister Denis Naughten as “manifestly unfit for purpose”.

    Undisturbed and undrained bog is universally recognised as a vitally important carbon storage reservoir and now Coillte are proposing to rip up this precious carbon store.

    This is a LOCAL ISSUE, a NATIONAL ISSUE and above all it is an ETHICAL ISSUE.

    Further information:

    Wind Aware Dromahair’s spokesperson Adrienne Diamond stated that these turbines if built will be nearly twice the height of any existing turbine in the Sligo/Leitrim area. They will totally dominate and alter the local landscape and that of the surrounding area to the extent of being clearly visible right across six counties.

    Wind Aware Dromahair has gathered widespread support from the potentially impacted villages and towns, including Dromahair, Manorhamilton, Sligo etc. and the vibrant eco-tourism sector in the area, for their opposition to this grossly inappropriate industrial development. Over 100 people from the threatened areas attended a public information meeting in Sept 2019, and unanimously supported the decision to oppose the development. Local TDs Martin Kenny SF, MEP Matt Carthy SF and Councilors Mary Bohan FF, Sean McDermott FG, Des Guckian Ind, Felim Gurn Ind, among others, also supported the decision to oppose the development.

    The community group is adamant that if Coillte’s proposal was for an environmentally appropriate, community-based, sustainable project which aligns with the aims and objectives of North Leitrim Sustainable Energy Community and creates long term employment in this area, it would be wholeheartedly welcomed and supported.

    The group further asserts that the proposals presented to LEITRIM and SLIGO local authorities is the polar opposite of this, being nothing more than a naked, high-finance driven, exploitation of the precious rural landscape and peaceful environment that brings so many visitors to LOVELY LEITRIM and SLIGO.

    In support of this assertion they recall a quote from Fergal Leamy, former Coillte CEO,

    “We always saw ourselves as a developer of these assets [windfarms] and then we’d sell them on.”

    Wind Aware Dromahair see Coillte’s proposal as a further part of the attempted forced industrialisation of rural Ireland.

    Adrienne said. “The threatened area is home to several endangered avian and mammalian species including the Annex 1 listed Hen Harrier and Corncrake as well as Bats including the Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Leisler’s, Daubenton’s and Brown long‐eared bats.”

    Adrienne continued, “How can the destruction of native bog and its replacement by thousands of tons of concrete and steel be regarded as being environmentally friendly? Undisturbed and undrained bog is now universally recognised as a vitally important carbon storage reservoir. Furthermore, this landscape, like Shaas Mountain where a massive mudslide occurred as recently as in June this year, is highly vulnerable to landslides. causing huge environmental degradation, pollution and extermination of aquatic life in the many surrounding rivers and streams.”

    As custodians of 7% of Ireland’s land and a state company which claims to be “deeply committed to supporting, and developing relationships with, the communities living near our projects and developments” it is incumbent on Coillte to take into account the fears and worries of the people of the areas well as the greater environmental concerns.

    She concluded her remarks as follows:

    “The size of wind turbines has changed but the 2006 Planning Guidelines have remained the same. In 2006 the average turbine height was 50 to 65 metres, Coillte’s proposed development at 170 metres, is approximately three times this height and the same guidelines apply. In 2006 the smaller turbines were 10 times tip height from the nearest home, now the proposed turbines would only be 4.5 times tip height from the nearest home. This cannot be right.

    “We want a Green future for Leitrim and Sligo by continuing to cut carbon emissions and by leading the way with imaginative, sustainable, small scale renewable projects that are suited to our sensitive beautiful landscape and truly create local employment.

    “Our small rural community is taking on a giant. We are challenging Coillte, the supposed leaders of the wind energy industry in Ireland. We are fighting to save our Health, our Homes, our Way of Life and what remains of our Irreplaceable Beautiful Landscape. This is a LOCAL ISSUE, a NATIONAL ISSUE and above all it is an ETHICAL ISSUE.”

    Wind Aware Dromahair are urging citizens right across the land, as well as rural community groups to join their campaign and submit their strong objection to Coillte’s planning application prior to the deadline of 1st September 2020.

    They ask supporters to contact committee members listed below for template objections letters and further guidance on making their submission.

    For further information please contact 0851 821 547 (WAD).

    Adrienne Diamond on behalf of Wind Aware Dromahair. 14th August 2020.

    Facebook: Leitrim Wind Industry Awareness

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    posted:  May 20, 2020
    Meetings, NoisePrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Institute of Noise Control Engineering—Europe

    Wind Turbine Noise 2021 — May 18-21, 2021

    Ninth International Conference on Wind Turbine Noise
    Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Dublin, Ireland

    Calling for Papers – Submit your Abstract by 20th November 2020

    For our ninth conference we are in Dublin, capital of the Irish Republic. The hotel is ten minutes from the airport but with a bus service every ten minutes to the city centre. For those wanting to stay on site there is the conference hotel or the Holiday Inn Express next door.

    The conferences attract delegates from the fields of manufacturing, planning development, academia and research and the environment as well as pressure groups, consultants and exhibitors. WTN2021 will provide an opportunity for all those with an interest in wind turbine noise, to present their work, to see and hear other’s work and to meet together and discuss common problems and solutions. We are now accepting abstracts via the conference website and the abstract deadline is 20th November 2020.

    Subjects for presentations can be anything related to wind turbine noise – its generation, its prediction, its assessment and its effects on people. After Lisbon it was apparent that some people wanted more work on noise reduction of turbines and on development of more accurate propagation models. And we need more quantitative information on the impact of AM on people.

    With the new draft Irish guidelines and other proposals round Europe, you might want to look at the current state of Regulations. But the choice is yours.

    Watch this space for more information. If you are not on the mailing list, sign up now.

    Conference homepage

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    posted:  February 11, 2020
    Environment, Law, Newsletters, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

    Source:  Seneca Anti-Wind Union

    The Windbreaker

    Contents (issue 36):
    State lawmakers in the Ohio Senate urged to allow SB 234 wind farm referendum
    Seneca Anti-Wind Union Investigates, Episode 3 – “Property Destruction, Forgery, and Trespassing; The Abuse of Host Community Citizens” (video link)
    Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills (Bloomberg News link)

    Download PDF: “Windbreaker, issue 36

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