Vindval is a cooperation between the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the programme is to collect and provide scientific knowledge of wind power impacts on humans and nature.
The Swedish Energy Agency has extended the Vindval research programme with a third phase. The agency allocates a total of 27 million Swedish kronor for the implementation of Stage 3.. The commission of Vindval extends through June 30th 2018.
The programme comprises, so far, of about 30 individual research projects and also four so called works of synthesis. Syntheses are prepared by experts who compile and assess the collected results of research and experience - regarding the effects of wind power - within four different areas: Humans, birds/bats, marine life and terrestrial mammals. The results of research and synthesis work provide a basis for environmental impact assessments and for the processes of planning and permits associated with wind power establishments.
There is a great need for knowledge concerning the impact of wind power on humans and landscapes, the marine environment, birds, bats and other mammals. Previous studies regarding the environmental impacts from wind farms have lacked an overall view of the effects. This has led to deficiencies in the processes of establishing new wind farms.
Vindval requires high standards in the work of reviewing and decision making regarding research applications in order to guarantee high quality reports. These high standard works are also carried out during the reporting approval and publication of research results in the projects.
Vindval has published over 40 reports on wind power's environmental effects. A number have been translated into English. See the reports by following the link below.
Kerstin Jansbo, Programme manager Vindval. Tel: +46 10 698 14 56.