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Hall: Wind projects OK if planned well – Daily Advance

Hall: Wind projects OK if planned well

Military readiness and wind energy facilities like the Amazon Wind Farm US East in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties can coexist as long as an adequate planning process is followed in siting them, Larry Hall, secretary of the N.C.   Click Here For Full Article

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Andhra Pradesh power regulator, main generation company spar over wind energy tariff

NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh, the most aggressive state in building renewable energy capacity last year, may soon lose its momentum because of a standoff between the state’s power regulator and its main generation company over the future cost of wind …

Energy From Wind – How Viable Is It?

Alternative energy is very much a topical issue today, given how pricy fuel has gotten. Wind energy is one such alternative energy source, and the spotlight has set on the efficiency of wind farms. Using wind as an alternative energy source means having a renewable power that is incredibly clean. Wind is caused by differences in the temperature on the ground, which comes from the heat of the sun, so in essence wind power could be said to originate from solar power. The wind is thus channeled to generate electricity.

Wind farms as a large-scale means of capturing the energy generated by wind has been adopted by many nations. Working like propeller blades but in reverse, the power of the wind is collected by the big blades of a number of wind turbines that have been set up in a suitably windy location. These farms are able to produce electricity in large amounts, when the wind turbines work in concert. The potential of wind farms will become plain when you are familiar with how they function. How wind turbines function is, the propeller turns a shaft when the gusts of wind turn the propeller blades. The shaft that is turning is connected to a power source, which is cranked by the spinning action, creating electric power. Using the power inherent in the flow of water instead of wind, hydropower is made in the same way.

One turbine by itself will not produce energy for more than a home or farm, so it takes more than one to create energy for a huge area. When the ability of a turbine is multiplied by having groups of them, like you find on a wind farm, the combined amount of electric power that can be created is very big. Whole towns can be run by the energy that is stored in battery-like storage cells, or existing utility power grids. The technology behind wind turbines has grown remarkably, so that now they are effective irrespective of which way they face compared to the wind – even swirling winds can be utilized.

Larger turbine blades and taller turbines also make for better efficiency. With a lot of factors that affect how well a wind turbine will operate, determining its production efficiency is not a straightforward task. There is no constant, when it comes to wind farms, since they deviate so much in terrain, size of turbines, and the amount of wind. In general, though, you can expect a wind turbine to turn into electrical energy more or less 20% of the energy contained in wind. When the wind is blowing between 5 and 20 mph, that is when the yield is the most cost-effective.

Compared to solar energy, wind power generation, rated 20% efficient, is roughly 6 percentage points better, but solar doesn’t vary as much as wind. Wind technology is coming along, and in comparison with other renewable sources, it is favorable. Amongst alternative sources of energy it has become essential, but has not yet found worldwide favour. One nation decided to invest a lot is Germany.

How Wind Turbines Work

When driving by a wind turbine farm, it’s impossible not to marvel at the sheer size and power of these machines. While the science may seem modern day, the concept has been around for millenniums. Its predecessor, the simple windmill, can be traced as far back as 200 B.C. when it was used for simple farming like grinding grain and drawing water. It’s not until 1888 when the first electricity producing wind turbine would be brought to the U.S. Today, it powers everything from neighborhoods to schools to telecom towers.

While we’ll leave the specifics up to the engineers, have you ever wondered what keeps these massive propellers in motion? We’ve wondered the same, so we put together a simple guide on how wind turbines work, which you can see below.

How Wind Turbines Work

 From : SaveOnEnergy.com 

These impressive machines now supply 4.5% of the electricity in the U.S. While that may seem small, it’s equivalent to about 15.5 million U.S. homes! Better understand the energy options available in your area by visiting SaveOnEnergy.com and start paying less for electricity today.

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