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UK - Wind energy is one of the fastest growing power generation technologies, but turbines structures are large, expensive investments that require rigorous monitoring at every stage - from design and development to manufacturing and operating.

Once a turbine is operational, its operator is responsible for troubleshooting to minimise costly downtime, repairs and optimising energy output, whilst maintaining good relations with the local community to avoid complaints of noise disturbance.

To ensure compliance with local standards and regulations, keep local communities on side and prevent costly energy reductions, Brüel & Kjær created a range of long and short term measuring systems, such as Noise Sentinel, which is ideal for monitoring wind farms.

High noise levels from wind farms can result in limitations on energy output, while overly-relaxed noise thresholds can cause conflicts with the local community. Noise Sentinel accurately records data over a sustained period - in all weather conditions - to build up a comprehensive picture of the sound characteristics. As noise conditions in and around wind farms vary, long-term monitoring can reveal considerable scope for greater energy generation by tailoring the outputs of individual turbines.

For more information, please contact: (+44) 01763 255 780 or ukinfo@bksv.com

About Brüel & Kjær

Brüel & Kjær is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration solutions for use in a wide range of applications including: environmental noise measurements, building acoustics, vibration measurements and quality control for use in the automotive, aerospace and consumer industries, as well as by local authorities.

We design and manufacturer sound level meters, microphones and accelerometers, conditioning amplifiers, calibrators, noise and vibration analysers and software. To see our full range and for more information, please visit www.bksv.co.uk or contact our sales team: telephone +44 (0) 1763 255 780 or email: ukinfo@bksv.com

Brüel & Kjær also runs a variety of training courses throughout the year, from basic introductions on noise and it's effects to more specialised classes teaching customers how to get the most out of their equipment. To see our full training course calendar, visit: http://bksv.co.uk/Courses/Training%20Courses.aspx

Free, online training courses - conducted by our expert engineers - run throughout the year too. For registration details and the latest planned web training sessions, visit: www.bksv.co.uk/Courses/Webinars.aspx

Brüel & Kjær has two laboratories in the Royston Facility which are UKAS accredited to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025. Brüel & Kjær can provide traceable or accredited calibration for sound level meters, microphones, calibrators, artificial ears, conditioning amplifiers and accelerometers.

Brüel & Kjær has 1150 employees, with sales offices in 55 countries. Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc (www.spectris.com) which has annual sales of £787m and employs around 6,000 people worldwide in its 13 business units.

For additional information please contact:

Heather Wilkins

Marketing Coordinator

Bruel & Kjaer UK Ltd

Telephone: 01763 255 780

Web: www.bksv.co.uk

Email: heather.wilkins@bksv.com

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