How dangerous is wind power for animals and humans? This question is now impacting the construction of wind turbines in Denmark which have almost stopped according to a report by "Welt am Sonntag." Also in Germany there is growing skepticism about wind power projects.
Denmark is a pioneer country in the modern wind power technology with a share of over 39 per cent of the national energy mix,However, the development of wind power has stagnated.
The starting point for the rising skepticism about wind power was an incident that occurred at the end of 2013 at a mink farm in Denmark Vildbjerg. With the first turbines already constructed, the animals went crazy in their cages. When the turbines were off the next morning, more than 100 of the minks had deep wounds and had to be killed.
State investigation will provide guidance on health consequences
Could the infrasound from wind turbines cause the animals to go crazy? If the case, perhaps the health of people may be at risk? The uncertainty in the environmentally conscious Denmark has grown ever since.
Compared to the "world" says Jan Hylleberg, chief executive of the Association of Danish wind industry, the majority of Danish municipalities have placed the plans for new wind farms on ice. They wanted to wait until after the government studies on the health effects of infrasound were completed. During 2013, a total capacity of nearly 700 megawatts were brought online. In 2014, only 67 megawatts of wind were brought online.
Also in Germany is growing skepticism
The new restraint in wind power development in Denmark is increasingly impacting Germany. According to how the "world" is working now, there are more than 500 initiatives against wind power projects, and it's not just that the wind turbines affect the landscape.
The critics often refer to studies to prove that the vibrations caused by wind turbines are harming human health. Those who are constantly exposed to infrasound, therefore, may have to contend with sleep disorders, headaches, concentration difficulties, tinnitus, nausea, impaired heart rate and anxiety.