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Can you clear something up for me about wind turbines as alternative sources of clean enregy?

Posted by admin on December 28, 2012 in Clean Energy with 12 Comments

Someone we met a few months ago told us that wind turbines used to make Clean Energy create sound at a frequency that people cannot audibly hear but which disrupts their sleep patterns and thereby disrupts their health seriously. Is this true? Who has proven this? Please cite sources for info. Thanks for good answers and help with this. :)

Makwa, being we (my town) has a plant that builds win turbines, It is not proven—people sleep fine cuz the turbines are up so high and going so fast that if you could hear them, the "whistling" noise from the speed of its blades turning would put you to sleep. Well, maybe not you but fer sure me.

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  1. Fierce TigerDecember 29, 2012 - 1:37 am #1

    yes I can
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  2. a chickDecember 29, 2012 - 2:20 am #2

    I don’t have factual information for you but my in-laws live in wind turbine country (Benton County Indiana) and haven’t had any problems. They live within 500 yards of at least a couple hundred.
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  3. SonataDecember 29, 2012 - 2:26 am #3

    It’s one of those on-going study kind of things where one source will say one thing and another will say the opposite. There is no absolute proof either way yet.
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  4. SITTINONTHEFENCEDecember 29, 2012 - 3:14 am #4

    To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. sound emissions are very likely and can be powerful.
    example; the surface of the sun exceeds 10,000 degrees. helium burns at less than 3000 degrees.
    but sound waves like higher density objects. sound waves causing tremendous friction make the other 6000 plus degrees.
    References :
    Sir Issac Newton

  5. Tater Salad!December 29, 2012 - 3:27 am #5

    I have heard several interesting claims about wind energy, including one person claiming that by the time the turbines pay for themselves, they wear out and need to be replaced. That one turned out to be unfounded, as they generally pay for themselves within 9 months, and can last for dozens of years. Of course, the person who told me that worked in the petroleum field, so he could have had biased information.

    I’d be interested to hear from anybody who actually lives near any wind turbines, but since they generally place them away from any populated areas, I have the feeling that any noise they produce would not be disruptive to anybody.
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  6. Jacob Harmon- Mountain Wind and SolarDecember 29, 2012 - 3:34 am #6

    Hi I am the owner of Mountain Wind & Solar http://mountainwindnsolar.com (please be aware though that this website is still under construction).

    I can’t guarantee it any way. But I sell wind turbines and nobody has ever complained about getting less sleep. I also Have my own wind turbines (obviously) and everything seems fine to me.

    If you have any specific questions about wind turbines or solar panels feel free to email me at go_green@mountainwindnsolar.com
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    Owner of Mountain Wind & Solar

  7. J.December 29, 2012 - 3:55 am #7

    There are many examples with video evidence up on youtube

    The industry is largely afraid to address this, so you are not going to find much in the way of large studies or independent NSF or NIOSH funded studies, but some of the videos are well made and you can hear for yourself over the wind noise across the microphones.
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  8. "Johns"December 29, 2012 - 4:10 am #8

    Makwa, being we (my town) has a plant that builds win turbines, It is not proven—people sleep fine cuz the turbines are up so high and going so fast that if you could hear them, the "whistling" noise from the speed of its blades turning would put you to sleep. Well, maybe not you but fer sure me.
    References :
    "Molded Fiber Glass"

  9. YOYODecember 29, 2012 - 4:59 am #9

    Go ask him again exactly what frequency and then tell him to reproduce it and reproduce the effect on humans. Then you might have a case, but most likely this guy was just trying to say something that makes him look smart. Or he works for the oil company.
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  10. DavidDecember 29, 2012 - 5:48 am #10

    there is the potential for low frequency harmonics. this is why so many municipalities have banned home style windmills.
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  11. Breath on the WindDecember 29, 2012 - 6:23 am #11

    We are surrounded by sights and sounds that we cannot see or hear. Did you know that mice sing like birds but at so high a pitch we can’t hear it?1 For some what is unseen or unheard is also suspicious.

    People are always bending evidence to prove their point. Windmills can produce some noise at many levels including both very high and very low frequencies. Some of the attempts to capture the "sound" of windmills on a video with a "normal" camera were obviously done with enhanced audio pickups. There are many examples on youtube.com

    We are fond of saying that we are all created equally but diversity is also part of nature. Some people are more sensitive than others. (In the same way that some are more sensitive than others to chemicals like alcohol.) It is entirely reasonable that some will not be able to sleep with the nearby noise while it may lull others to sleep.

    Some complain of headaches but stress from simply not liking something may cause the same symptoms. This subjective nature makes it hard to judge the source. Moving away may be a cure but for what illness? Some may even complain about the unheard noise of the windmills when it may be just the mice.
    References :
    1 http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/6040.aspx

    wind turbines can be a noise annoyance but not a hazard: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7085086/Wind-farms-can-cause-noise-problems-finds-study.html
    Some find them disturbing and others are ok with them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qFWfK6j7So
    "Wind turbine syndrome" ? but not everyone is affected: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm0Oe8J6qT8&NR=1
    There is a call for more study… probably a good idea… and a ban on new construction…may not be such a good idea… but it is true that if located offshore wind turbines would not have the same issue… to human populations but how would the whales like them?

  12. Cap.n1EyeDecember 29, 2012 - 6:50 am #12

    I think that someone you met might be the one to ask for verification. This is the first time I’ve heard that rumor.
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    P.S. The only references for mountainwindnsolar are on Yahoo! Answers – be wary of trolls.

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