Chapter 22

Environmental and Structural Safety Issues Related to Wind Energy

Kaoshan Dai1, Kewei Gao1 and Zhenhua Huang2,    1Tongji University, Shanghai, China,    2University of North Texas, Denton, TX, United States    Email: 1kdai@tongji.edu.cn

Abstract

Wind energy is one of the most mature renewable energy technologies and has been developing rapidly in recent years. Many countries have shown interest in utilizing wind energy, but its impact on the environmental is a concern. The primary environmental impacts include avian safety issues, biosystem disturbances, noise, visual pollutions, electromagnetic interferences, and local climate changes. This chapter provides a review and summary of the environmental impacts caused by the wind energy ...

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