DTI funds research into the colour of wind turbines

Negative public opinion is seen as one of the reasons wind energy has failed to take off in the UK, despite the country's rich wind resources. The UK Government has commissioned research into whether changing the colour of wind turbines will make them more acceptable to the public.

The research was commissioned by the Energy Technology Support Unit, a company run by AEA Technology but working on government contracts.

A landscape architecture firm assessed the visual impact of 14 wind farms in the UK and Ireland and asked whether ‘camouflage’ colour patterns or other colour blends would reduce the turbines’ visibility. The research is reported in the March 2000 edition of Wind Directions magazine, published by the European Wind Energy Association.

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