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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


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.

Wind Powered Generator: 3 Reasons We Will Start Seeing Them Everywhere

The wind powered generator is going to be seen a lot more very soon as the science improves to help manufacturers reach an even broader audience. To make the most out of this technology, market forces will need to be brought to bear on several issues that are currently holding down a vast proliferation of these devices all over the country.

These are the areas where the wind powered generator will see improvement and the reasons why the market will expand in the near term…

Aerodynamics and blade design improvements – These enhancements to the current science will mainly lead to lower cut-in speeds. Cut-in speed is the wind velocity at which you can expect to start making some power from your wind powered generator. Right now only a relatively small percentage of the population can take advantage of wind energy because the average wind speeds over the course of a year are not high enough to support the economics of a project like this. The wind powered generator can easily deal with averages greater than 6 mph. But, if your wind speed happens to be much less than that, the home wind turbine will have a difficult time paying for itself in less than 10 years. This is enough to dissuade many homeowners from making the purchase in the first place so as the efficiencies of these devices improve, so will sales.

Aesthetic improvement – Many home wind turbines have looked purely functional and have very little aesthetic appeal. However, as more and more of these devices have come into the urban market, more pressure has been put on manufacturers to come up with devices that look more ornamental than just barebones functional.

Acceptance by local communities – There was a time when many local communities simply would not tolerate a discussion of having a wind turbine next door. As a matter of fact, the Kennedy family famously pushed back against a wind turbine farm that was slotted to be installed within their field of vision at their home in Massachusetts. This is not a liberal or conservative topic anymore but one in which many people come to grips with wind energy simply because of the fact that it’s become too expensive to purchase power created by large fossil fuel burning utilities anymore.

In conclusion, wind powered generator sales are getting stronger and will lead to economies of scale in production that will lead to still stronger sales. This can almost not happen rapidly enough. We do not have an alternate fuel to quickly switch to when the fossil fuels that we currently burn become too expensive.