Research and education powered by the wind

Halmstad University has been conducting education and research on wind power for more than 25 years. Göran Sidén, former Senior Lecturer in Energy Engineering, started one of the very first courses in wind power technology in Sweden in 1994. Today the University is well established within the area.

“Our research indicates that vertical axis wind turbines likely are quieter than the common horizontal axis turbines.”

Fredric Ottermo, Senior Lecturer in Energy Engineering

View of fields from above

Wind power research at Halmstad University is centred on sound generation from vertical axis wind turbines and wind turbine electrical systems. The latter is a cooperation between Uppsala University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

“The project is focused on measuring the forces on the guy wires of a vertical axis wind turbine. Experiments are conducted on a wind turbine situated in Falkenberg, operated by Halmstad University and Uppsala University”, says Jonny Hylander, Professor of Energy Engineering.

Vertical axis wind turbines have lower noise levels

vertical axis wind turbine

A vertical axis wind turbine.

A vertical axis wind turbine is different from traditional wind turbines both in appearance and in function due to its vertical axis of rotation.

“Our research indicates that vertical axis wind turbines likely are quieter than the common horizontal axis turbines”, says Fredric Ottermo, Senior Lecturer in Energy Engineering, and continues:

“Limiting the noise levels from wind turbines is important, since it enables building wind turbines closer to urban areas. This is a necessity when establishing wind power in countries with limited available land mass, for instance the Netherlands.”

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2020-03-04

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