A Review of the Potential Impacts of Wind Turbine Noise in the Australian Context

John Laurence Davy, Kym Burgemeister, David Hillman, Simon Carlile

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Abstract

This manuscript describes a range of technical deliberations undertaken by the authors during their work as members of the Australian Government’s Independent Scientific Committee on Wind Turbines. Central to these deliberations was the requirement upon the committee to improve understanding and monitoring of the potential impacts of sound from wind turbines (including low frequency and infrasound) on health and the environment. The paper examines existing wind turbine sound limits, possible perceptual and physiological effects of wind turbine noise, aspects of the effects of wind turbine sound on sleep health and quality of life, low-frequency noise limits, the concept of annoyance including alternative causes of it and the potential for it to be affected by low-frequency noise, the influence of amplitude modulation and tonality, sound measurement and analysis and management strategies. In so doing it provides an objective basis for harmonisation across Australia of provisions for siting and monitoring of wind turbines, which currently vary from state to state, contributing to contention and potential inequities between Australians, depending on their place of residence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-197
Number of pages17
JournalAcoustics Australia
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020

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