Energy plant noise levels

Heavy noise levels are often unavoidable, which isn’t good. If people are exposed long enough, they can suffer from several health issues. The worst of them can be permanent, such as hearing loss. To avoid any problems, businesses should ensure they have the right solution in place to reduce the sound and protect people. We aid clients with this by supplying natural gas silencers and other designs.

In places like energy plants, hearing what others say is the most important thing in communication. These facilities are noisy locales. The noise level can vary by the plant’s power source. Your location relative to the operating equipment is also important. The closer you are, the louder it will be, and therefore the higher the risk.

An 80dB sound level is considered unpleasant, with 85dB being the threshold for loud. Then there is 110dB, which is extremely loud. The limits for possible permanent hearing loss and pain are 150dB and 140dB respectively.

Gas and coal

As for the mean noise levels, they are sort of similar for gas and coal plants. Both average between 80 and 85dB. But, long term exposure to noise in a gas facility is normally greater. Here, there is a time-weighted average of 78dB vs 69 for coal.

Wind power

Relatively speaking, wind plants are quiet. This is in spite of the complaints made by those who oppose the construction of turbines close to their homes. The noise is around 55dB immediately adjacent to the actual turbine. As for 300 metres away, the sound averages a mere 43dB. This is the minimum distance to nearby homes. At 500 metres, noise levels can fall to just 38dB.

Noisy equipment

However, noise from separate pieces of equipment in energy plants can reach as high as 155dB. This is when they have diesel engines or combustion turbines. Such a figure can lead to health and safety problems. Even at lower levels, noise exposure can have a cumulative effect. This can cause other health complications like cardiovascular ones. Workers may make compensation claims as a result.

Choose a natural gas silencer or another model

With the risks in mind, you are far better off having a noise reducing solution like a silencer in place in the plants. The silencers can help to lower the volume. They are far more reliable than relying on people to wear hearing protection. Plus, they can lower the general noise level to make it easier for people to communicate.

At Ventx, we have many years of experience working in industrial silencer design. It’s the same for quality manufacturing and acoustics. Thanks to this deep understanding, we can create natural gas silencers and more for every client.

So, if you need an industrial noise solution, please let us know.