Wind power and wind energy are yet to receive the attention and adoration that they deserve. There is much misconception revolving around wind energy and it is surprising to realize how little the general populace actually know about it. Wind energy is created by natural winds blowing across the surface of our planet.
Differential heating of the irregular earth’s surfaces and earth’s rotation and the uneven distribution of heat in the atmospheric layers cause wind flow. And these flow patterns are further regulated by the water bodies and the vegetative covering of the earth. This wind flow produces kinetic energy which is harnessed by using wind turbines and windmill systems, and transformed into various other useful forms of energy, mainly electricity.
Let us now find out more about the myths of wind energy
Even though the entire world is raving about energy conservation, clean energy generation and saving the environment, wind energy is still shrouded by plenty of misconception. This article will aim to set a few of those facts straight and clear some doubts about wind energy. Wind energy is one of the best means of getting a perpetual supply of power.
It is what is called a sustainable source of energy, never to get depleted and is virtually perpetual in nature. Another misconception about wind power generation is that it is very expensive. While there might be a grain of truth in that, actually wind energy can prove to be extremely economical on the long run. True, initial setup costs can be quite high, but once the wind power system has been set up successfully, the power it generates costs next to nothing. The maintenance cost is also quite negligible.
Another wrong idea held by many is that wind energy is not sufficient for most applications. The truth is that wind energy, if properly harvested and distributed, can provide enough power to meet the entire world’s requirement for electricity. Wind power has a tremendous potential, but unfortunately we are using only a small fraction of it. With wider acceptance and usage, wind power can effectively solve the planet’s energy problems.
Environment, economics and development ‘ how does wind energy perform?
What makes wind energy such a super choice for the entire planet is the fact that it produces energy that is clean and non-polluting. This is where wind power scores over other conventional modes of power generation. Compared to the conventional modern power plants wind energy converters never produce any greenhouse gas or air pollutants.
Apart from saving power, wind power plants are also easy on the economy as they are not dependant on the consumption of precious fossil fuels. Windmills do have some disadvantages like being responsible for varying degrees of avian mortality (caused by birds flying into the rotor blades), and also causing some amount of noise pollution (generated by the rotating rotor blades). However, such issues are not something that cannot be taken care of by carefully planning the location of the windmill or through technological developments.
Wind energy can be a great resource if utilized properly. However according to statistics, a mere 1% of all electricity generated in the world was from wind power till the end of 2005. However all that will surely change as wind energy becomes more popular and as the supply of fossil fuel goes down.
Wind energy is one of the cheapest forms of energy that one can have. The renewable nature of the energy makes it even more economical. The entire world is waking up to these wonderful benefits of wind power, albeit a bit slowly. Germany stands first amongst the leading producers of wind energy and is followed by Denmark and the United States. In spite of the entire cognizance, wind energy is still the least utilized source till date.
This amazing source of renewable energy is yet to be seriously and efficiently explored worldwide and given a truly global acceptance and recognition. We must not forget that in the face of an imminent energy crisis, largely perpetrated by diminishing natural resources of the planet, our only salvation lies in alternative sources of power such as wind and solar power.
Setting up a wind energy system at home is very much possible today. One just has to keep a few things in mind and be informed about a few others. You can do it provided you know where best the system will work, how to actually make it, where to get the parts at an affordable price, how to find free batteries, wire the system and also of course the safety precautions you should always follow.
Get a guide that will let you know all these things so that you can install the system easily and safely. With a good step-by-step guide, you can avoid the common pitfalls and successfully complete the setup quickly.