Aalborg University in northern Jutland has been chosen to host an international conference on wind turbine noise, just a few months before Copenhagen hosts the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) in December 2009. Wind Turbine Noise 2009 will be the third in a series of biannual conferences held by the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE).
Professor Henrik Møller at the Section of Acoustics, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University said in a press release: "Electricity from wind turbines is very good for the global environment, but the turbines must not be too troublesome to the local environment because otherwise people will not want them in their back yard. Noise nuisance is something people often view as a problem."
At the Wind Turbine Noise 2009 conference, research scientists, developers, producers, planners and environmentalists will discuss a range of subjects including measurement methods, sound damping, sound propagation, noise nuisance and limiting values.
Dr Geoff Leventhall of INCE commented: "We are delighted that we can hold this conference in collaboration with Aalborg University. I have known of the work of the Section of Acoustics for many years, and I am impressed with their results, including their groundbreaking work with low-frequency noise which sometimes is the cause of complaints over wind turbines. At the  conference in Berlin, there were 120 delegates, and last year in Lyon there were more than 160. We look forward to welcoming as many as 200 delegates to Aalborg in 2009."
From an overseas visitor perspective, Aalborg is an easy place to get to on account of its well-served and growing airport which is located just 6 kilometres from the centre of the city. International passenger traffic virtually doubled last year, and in November 2007 a DKK 55m (USD 10m) expansion of the passenger terminal was completed. There are numerous daily flights between Aalborg and Copenhagen Airport, which is the main international hub in northern Europe, and the flight time is just 40 minutes.