Welcome to my 'Advantages of Wind Turbines' post!
First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. In the midst of the current climate crisis, many people are seeking out renewable energy sources with the intention of reducing their carbon footprint. or perhaps you live somewhere remote and finding alternative energy sources are the only option for you to have the power you need.
In this article, we will be exploring the vast advantages of wind turbines and their low impact on the environment. Hopefully, this post will provide you with the information you need to know before choosing to install them.
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What is a Wind Turbine?
A wind turbine is a device that converts the kinetic energy of the wind into electrical energy. A wind turbine is also known as a wind energy converter. Companies manufacture wind turbines in a wide variety of horizontal and vertical axis.
A single unit has a relatively smaller physical footprint considering the power it is capable of generating. Wind farms are groups of wind turbines located on mountain ridges, on open land, or offshore in the ocean or lakes.
How does a Wind Turbine Work?
Energy.gov says wind turbines use natural resources (the wind) to generate electricity. This is the opposite principle to a similar-looking appliance called the fan which uses electricity to generate wind.
The wind comes in, turning the blades of the turbine which is situated on a rotor. This rotor spins a generator which in turn creates the electricity. The aerodynamic force from the rotor blades turns the energy of the wind into electricity.
The blade work a little bit like the wings of an airplane. There is a difference between the air pressure on either side of the blade and this created lift and drag, resulting in the spinning motion.
The rotor is connected to a generator and this can be done in a number of different ways. It is either connected directly or through a long shaft and gears that speed up the rotation. The long shaft is used on large wind turbines which aim to collect more energy at a slightly higher elevation.
It is the transformation of aerodynamic force that rotates a generator which creates electricity.
What Energy Source Does it Use?
Did you know that wind energy is also a type of solar energy? Wait... what? Yes, that is right. This is because the sun plays a role in the creation of the wind.
The wind is made with the combination of three events that happen at the same time. The sun heats the atmosphere at uneven rates, there are irregularities on the surface of the earth and the earth rotates. These three things together create wind.
Benefits of Wind Turbines
Renewable Energy Source
We all know that wind is one of the great renewable energy sources. It is a natural resource that will be available for many millions of years. These types of energy sources have been here longer than humans and will likely outlive us too. This is the opposite of non-renewable energy sources.
Environmental-friendly & Clean Fuel Source
Wind turbines do not pollute the air like other power plants that rely on the combustion of fossil fuels. A wind turbine does not produce emissions in the atmosphere that cause greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. Nor do they cause acid rain.
Visual and noise pollution are both environmental factors – however, they don’t have much effect on earth, the quality of air, or the water table. So to me, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives.
A wind turbine likewise does not need water for cooling either. So we can reduce our water consumption when using this method to generate electricity.
Reduce Public Health Risks
This clean energy source will improve our air quality, reducing air pollution and the health problems that come from such pollution. Many people in today's world, particularly in cities are suffering from a range of elements as a result of poor air quality.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a variety of different articles on the health risks that air pollution causes.
Turbines can be used Everywhere
Wind turbines are effective in most areas because there is wind everywhere. However, it is important to note that in rural areas, where there are fewer buildings, there is likely to be more wind available.
It is in these rural areas that people tend to find the best wind sites. Ranchers and farmers are able to work on the land after installing a turbine because they only use a fraction of the land.
The owners of wind power plants make rent payments to the rancher or farmer for the use of the land. This is beneficial for landowners in terms of additional income.
Homeowners can use them on their roofs. There is more wind available on the roof compared to the street level.
This is just an introduction to the places where wind turbines can be used. I have seen them attached to the roofs of boats and a huge variety of off-grid dwellings.
Wind Turbines are Sustainable
For as long as the wind blows and the sun shines, the energy or power produced can be accurately harnessed to provide us with power. Whether this is done on a national scale through the grid or on smaller scales meeting individual needs, wind power will always be available to us.
The resources needed to produce green electricity through the wind turbines will continually replenish because it comes from something natural that is always available – which makes it an endless resource that will sustain our very existence.
Wind Power is Cost-effective
Today, wind turbines are considered the lowest-priced energy technologies. The power produced by the wind turbine can cost something 4-6 cents per KW/h. However, the cost depends largely on the wind resource as well as the financial aspects of a particular project.
There is a variety of different wind turbines available on the market, to suit a large variety of spaces and needs. Some people build large wind turbines on lands such as ranches or farms. Other people have small ones that fit on the roof of a building, boat, or other vehicles.
They are cheap to make, install and will save you money in the long run because you will be creating your own power. Many people generate more power than they need and get paid to contribute this power to the national grid.
Alternatively, the power can be generated and stored in batteries to use at a later date. Perhaps you have a really windy week and then the next week is really still. You could use the excess power previously generated in the week where you are producing less.
Buiding the Green Business Sector
Furthermore, this increased use of this renewable energy resource has led to the creation of a number of jobs in the manufacture, installation, and maintenance work of wind turbines.
Recent reports show that this industry has the potential to support more than 500,000 jobs by 2040. This is huge!
Reduce Dependency on Non-renewable Energy
The more people that opt into this energy source the bigger this business will grow. Growing this business is important as it will reduce our dependency on non-renewable sources of energy, which will run out.
Reduce Global Warming
Non-renewable sources of energy are too contributing towards global warming and this is particularly true in terms of burning fossil fuels. Burning fossil fuels releases CO2, a greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. These greenhouse gases are causing global warming.
There have been huge discoveries made over the past couple of decades. The Washington Post wrote an article about thousands of scientists from all over the world who have claimed a climate emergency. They state that we need to cut out fossil fuels and change to renewable energy sources.
Using renewable energy sources such as wind will reduce global warming. We have the power to make these changes by voting with our wallets. If you want to see this on a huge scale, write to your local politicians so that your voice is heard.
Advantages of Wind Turbines: The Final Verdict!
There are numerous reasons why we should be opting for the use of electricity generated from wind turbines. Whether this is on a small individual scale or a late national scale, the benefits to the environment and human existence are phenomenal.
Some people say that they don't like the look of them or the sound that they create. Both of these factors should be taken into consideration for sure. However, when you compare burning fossil fuels to wind turbines, the best option is clear.
With the current emergency crisis, considering aesthetics over the environment is not a viable option.