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Noise Pollution Prevention in Wind Turbines: Status and Recent Advances

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  • Ofelia Jianu

    () (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 7K4, Canada)

  • Marc A. Rosen

    () (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 7K4, Canada)

  • Greg Naterer

    () (Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 7K4, Canada)

Abstract

The global push towards sustainability has led to increased interest in alternative power sources other than coal and fossil fuels. One of these sustainable sources is to harness energy from the wind through wind turbines. However, a significant hindrance preventing the widespread use of wind turbines is the noise they produce. This study reviews recent advances in the area of noise pollution from wind turbines. To date, there have been many different noise control studies. While there are many different sources of noise, the main one is aerodynamic noise. The largest contributor to aerodynamic noise comes from the trailing edge of wind turbine blades. The aim of this paper is to critically analyse and compare the different methods currently being implemented and investigated to reduce noise production from wind turbines, with a focus on the noise generated from the trailing edge.

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  • Ofelia Jianu & Marc A. Rosen & Greg Naterer, 2012. "Noise Pollution Prevention in Wind Turbines: Status and Recent Advances," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 4(6), pages 1-14, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:4:y:2012:i:6:p:1104-1117:d:18027
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    1. Tadas Zdankus & Jurgita Cerneckiene & Andrius Jurelionis & Juozas Vaiciunas, 2016. "Experimental Study of a Small Scale Hydraulic System for Mechanical Wind Energy Conversion into Heat," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(7), pages 1-18, July.
    2. Tummala, Abhishiktha & Velamati, Ratna Kishore & Sinha, Dipankur Kumar & Indraja, V. & Krishna, V. Hari, 2016. "A review on small scale wind turbines," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 1351-1371.
    3. Ghasemian, Masoud & Nejat, Amir, 2015. "Aero-acoustics prediction of a vertical axis wind turbine using Large Eddy Simulation and acoustic analogy," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 88(C), pages 711-717.

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    Keywords

    wind energy; wind turbine; noise reduction; aerodynamic noise;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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