Turbine disease or wind turbine syndrome (WTS) is caused by the presence of wind turbines. The disease is most common in people who live in close proximity to wind turbines. Windmills would also cause animals to die or become ill and nature would be subject to change. To what extent does this disease exist and how can it be recognized?
What is turbine disease?
Turbine disease is a fairly modern disease. Logical too, because the disease is caused by wind turbines. This concerns the so-called wind turbines that generate electrical energy. The energy released from this is called wind energy and is a form of green energy.
Windmills provide many households with electricity and thus save the use of fossil fuels, but they also have a number of disadvantages. For example, they are often disfiguring to the landscape and sometimes hinder shipping when windmills are placed on sandbanks. Wind turbines also have disadvantages for nature. Birds sometimes collide with a windmill, often resulting in death. A bird can also be knocked out of the air by air pressure. Bats are killed by the pressure differences . The nesting area of birds may be disturbed. In addition, wind turbines ensure that upper and lower air layers are mixed with each other. This creates a different climate in the area of the wind turbines, resulting in a changed nature.
In humans, wind turbines used for energy sometimes cause turbine disease. According to American research, this disease occurs in people who live in the immediate vicinity of wind turbines. Not everyone is at risk of contracting turbine disease, but the risk is increased.
Symptoms of turbine disease
The turbine disease is said to occur in people who live within a radius of one mile around a wind farm. Complaints such as dizziness, headache, insomnia, tinnitus, concentration problems and heart disease could be caused by windmills.
Turbine disease does not exist, but nuisance does
The turbine disease study was conducted among 10 American families, consisting of 38 people. A large number of people already had health problems before there was a wind turbine in the area. Moreover, the study only consisted of an interview, not a health examination. Turbine disease has therefore not been scientifically or medically proven.
However, wind turbines can cause nuisance and certain complaints. For example, wind turbines produce a sound that can be experienced as annoying. In some cases, this can cause sleeping problems. During the day, few people are bothered by noise pollution caused by wind turbines.
Other complaints mainly have to do with the concerns that people have about the wind turbines. People who see the wind turbines turning are the most affected by this. The rotating blades in particular cause unrest to some. Anxiety and great worries can be accompanied by headaches, a nervous feeling or intestinal problems. Due to mass hysteria, several people suddenly experience these complaints. It is striking that people who have a financial interest in wind turbines do not have any complaints or experience inconvenience from wind turbines. In some cases it is possible for local residents to buy part of ‘their’ windmill or even buy a windmill entirely. The complaints therefore seem to be caused largely by ignorance and concerns, rather than by the wind turbines themselves.
In some cases, wind turbines cause nuisance due to the cast shadow. When the sun shines on it, the rotating blades can be seen on the ground. This can give a troubled picture. In some cases, this image causes stress for local residents or passers-by. Very occasionally, a wind turbine can cause damage due to a loose bolt or nut, or a blade can become loose and be thrown away. In winter, ice can form on the blades, which can be thrown away during rotation.
Fear of nuisance
A new wind farm is often frightening for local residents. Not because of the health problems one might develop, but because of the fear of nuisance. In general, the inconvenience is not too bad: when there is no wind, the blades do not turn. In strong winds, the sound of the wind noise will drown out the sound of the windmills. Most noise pollution is caused by moderate wind on days when there is little ambient noise. This is often the case at night. Cast shadows are often not experienced as a nuisance by local residents, because wind turbines are generally far enough away from homes. The mill may fall over or be struck by lightning. For safety reasons, the turbines must therefore be located at a distance of four times the rotor diameter from buildings.