Wind power

The use of wind power by man is old. Moulins in the region of La Mancha , Spain . For centuries, wind power has been used to provide mechanical work. The best known example is the windmill used by the miller for the transformation of wheat into flour , it can also be made ??of many windmills used for the draining of polders in Holland .

Thereafter, for several decades, wind power was used to produce the electricity in remote areas and therefore not connected to a power grid. Facilities without energy storage meant that the energy requirement and the presence of wind energy are simultaneous. Control of energy storage in batteries has to store this energy and use it without the presence of wind, this type of installation involving only domestic needs, not applied to industry. Since the 1990s, the technological improvement of wind helped to build wind turbines over 5 MW 1 and the development of wind turbines of 10 MW is in progress. These units have democratized and we found today in many countries. These turbines are used today to produce alternating current to power grids, just like a nuclear reactor , a dam hydro-electric or thermal power station coal.


Post Conference Updates:

  • 2 July 2009: Visit and bookmark the page for the next Wind Turbine Noise conference in 2011
  • 2 July 2009: Buy the CD of the conference, see details in Purchase Proceedings
  • 2 July 2009: Conference was a great success, see the brief report below.

Post Conference Report

More than 160 delegates from 25 countries came to Aalborg, following an invitation from Aalborg University Acoustics Department to hold WTN2009 in their city.

The INCE/Europe series of Wind Turbine Noise Conferences is now firmly established as the leading international meeting devoted to exploring the origins, propagation and effects of wind turbine noise.

The 46 papers which were scheduled divided into

  • Effects of Wind Turbine Noise (6 papers)
  • Regulations for Noise Limits (5 papers)
  • Airfoils (4 papers)
  • Modelling (5 papers)
  • Instrumentation (4 papers)
  • Measurements (9 papers)
  • Propagation and Prediction (5 papers)
  • Planning (3 papers)
  • Case Studies (5 papers)

Copies of the proceedings CD for WTN2009 are available at a cost of GBP55.00 including airmail postage. For order information and form see below: Purchase Proceedings

A limited number of proceedings CDs from the previous conferences (Berlin 2005 and Lyon 2007) are also available.

INCE/Europe is now actively planning the fourth conference in this series. Keep an eye on

You might also be interested in the International Conference on Low Frequency Noise in 2010 which will also be held in Aalborg, Denmark. Visit the web site LFN2010

Location and Dates

The conference will be held over 3 days from 17-19th June 2009 in Aalborg, Denmark.

Local Organisers are members of the Acoustics Department at Aalborg University
Acoustics Department of Aalborg University is well known for its work, particularly on problems of low frequency noise, including low frequency noise from wind turbines.


This Third International Conference, organised by Ince/Europe, will once again provide a venue for all those with an interest in wind turbine noise, and its effects on people, to meet together and also meet with those who design wind turbine installations, both in industry and in the planning process.

There is also an introductory course on noise on the afternoon prior to the conference. This has proved very popular in previous years.


The first Wind Turbine Noise conference took place in Berlin in 2005 and was a great success, bringing together 130 delegates from 22 countries.
The Second Wind Turbine Noise conference took place in Lyon, France in 2007 with more than 150 delegates from 24 countries around the world, representing:

  • manufacturers
  • developers
  • researchers in noise and vibration
  • environmentalists
  • pressure groups
  • consultants


Wind turbines are the world’s fastest growing energy source. Read more..

This conference aims to bring together the latest information on noise and vibration from wind turbines to give an unbiased framework from within which future developments can be assessed. The conference will also provide a venue for researchers on wind turbine noise and its effects to meet together and also meet with those who design wind turbine installations, both in industry and in the planning process.


The conference will be held in Aalborg, Denmark from 17-19 June 2009 at the Hotel Hvide Hus, conveniently located for the centre of Aalborg. Aalborg is in the north of the Jutland Peninsula.


Accommodation for delegates has been arranged at a reduced rate at the Conference Hotel, the Hvide Hus (White house), which is conveniently situated a few minutes for Aalborg train station and near the town centre.

Hotel rates quoted include European Union VAT tax.

Hotel Address:

Hotel Hvide Hus
Vesterbro 2
9000 Aalborg, Denmark
9813 8400 -Tel
9813 5122 – Fax
2077 6589 – Mobile

Booking information

When booking, all delegates should advise the hotel that they will be participating in: INCE/Europe – Wind Turbine Noise 2009

About Aalborg

Aalborg is an old university town with many buildings of historic interest and an active night life.


Aalborg is less than one hour flying time from Copenhagen, which can be reached from most major cities. Additionally, there are direct flights to Aalborg from some neighbouring countries.
Travel from Copenhagen airport to Aalborg by train takes about 5 hours. The Hotel Hvide Hus is only a few minutes walk from Aalborg train station.

Who should attend?

  • Specialists in noise and vibration and its effects
  • Wind turbine designers and manufacturers
  • Developers of Wind farms
  • Environmental protection officers
  • Community planners and decision makers
  • Consultants
  • And all others who have an interest in wind turbine noise.

Offer a paper – Dates and Information Revised Dates

If you wish to offer a paper, please send an abstract to The organiser of WTN 2009 Abstracts should be about 200 words long.

Abstracts by 31st March 2009

Final papers by 30th April 2009

Authors receive a reduced registration fee of 500 euro instead of 600 euro, following receipt of their paper.


Download a Microsoft Word template for your paper here. If the file automatically opens, revisit the web page and right click on the “here” above and choose the Save As option.
If you save it to your Microsoft Office templates folder (investigate the file locations option in Word to find out where that is on your own machine) you can base your document on it by using
File->New and choosing this template. Alternatively, open the template in Word and immediately save your document as wtn2009_surname.doc e.g. wtn2009_bloggs.doc please use “compatible mode” if you are using Word 2007 or later.

To ensure that the titles and headings on your paper appear correctly on the CD index, please use the Word styles provided in the template for the title and all major headings.

Papers can be submitted in Open Office format or a Word compatible form but be aware that when published on the conference CD, we cannot guarantee the formatting will be exactly the same.


The topics covered include the following:

  • Sources of noise in wind turbines and dependence on atmospheric conditions
  • Wind turbine noise modeling
  • Micro turbines including machines for urban projects
  • Interactions of wind turbines in wind farms
  • Design for low noise
  • Propagation of wind turbine noise over land and water
  • Wind turbines offshore
  • Vibration from wind turbines
  • Standards and regulations
  • Effects of wind turbine noise on individuals and collective behaviour
  • Planning requirements and decision-making
  • Acoustic monitoring and surveillance
  • Condition Monitoring
  • Future prospects
  • And any other topic related to wind turbine noise and vibration, their generation, propagation and effects

Programmes from Previous Conferences

The previous programmes can be viewed as pdf files:

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Course on Noise

A half day introductory course on basic ideas on noise and its assessment, is planned for the afternoon and evening of Tuesday 16 June. This will help to set the scene for those without specialist knowledge. There is a separate registration fee for this course of €120 Euros, including course notes. The course will cover:

  • Noise and Decibels
  • Sound power and sound pressure Noise levels and human hearing
  • Human response to noise
  • Sources of noise
  • Propagation of noise
  • Noise control
  • Basics of noise from wind turbines
  • Production and propagation

In previous years the course was judged to be “extremely useful” by many of those who attended and helped their understanding of the more technical papers at the conference.

Registration for this noise course is on the conference registration form.


Registration is now open, please.

Note the Registration forms were updated on 29th March 2009 to show revised email address. Please use these new forms if possible.

The Registration form is available as either a pdf or a Word document, please select the version your require:

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Delegates are recommended to reserve their rooms at the Hvide Hus.

Organising Committee

  • Geoff Leventhall, UK INCE/Europe, Chairman
  • Mark Bastasch, USA
  • Frits van den Berg, Netherlands
  • René Gamba, France
  • Malcolm Hayes, UK
  • Henrik Møller, Denmark, Local Organiser
  • Stefan Oerlemans, Netherlands
  • Eja Pedersen, Sweden
  • Steffen Pedersen, Denmark, Local Organiser
  • Bo Sondergard, Denmark
  • Renzo Tonin, Australia
  • Jean Tourret, France, INCE/Europe, President

Purchase of Proceedings

The CD’s of the Proceedings of WTN 2009, WTN 2007 and WTN 2005 are available from the INCE Europe secretariat, contact

Download Order Form for Wind Turbine Noise Proceedings CD(s)

Riverside House,
4 Oakland Vale,
New Brighton, Merseyside CH45 1LQ
Tel: +44 (0)151 638 0181 F: +44 (0)151 639 5212

To contact the Organiser, please