Article by Monte Steilow
The wind is created by atmospheric changes. Variations in the earths temperature and air pressures, forces the air to move across the surface of the earth. All of this is caused by the heat of the sun.
Therefore, wind energy is another form of solar power. A wind turbine captures this air movement to produce wind energy.
A turbine is composed of 3 propeller-like blades called a rotor, and New generation wind systems use a series of circular turbines connected together to transfer the power to an on board generator.These rotor system are usually mounted on a tower. The tower height is dictated by the size of the system. The wind strength is stronger the more you go above ground level. The huge prairie wind systems require great height to capture the stronger winds to make those systems operate. Residential and some commercial applications really don’t need a huge tower, roof height works well, and with the circular turbine system a wind speed as little as 1.5 mph will generate a good deal of electricity.
The power of the wind causes the rotor blades or turbines to begin turning, the movement of the blades spinning, powers an integrated generator which produces electricity. Much like the alternator in a automobile. The rotation of the wind turbine is called kinetic energy, and is converted into electricity thatcan power many an electrical devices. This can be tied into household and commercial use and save on electric bills. Some are selling power produced by wind & solar systems back to the electric company.
>Wind energy is a clean energy source that can be relied on for the foreseeable future.>A Wind Power Turbine creates reliable, cost-effective, pollution free energy, clean and sustainable power.>A wind turbine can be enough to generate power for an entire family.>Because wind is a source of energy which is non-polluting and renewable, the process can create power without using fossil fuels, and without producing greenhouse gases or radioactive waste and toxic pollution.>Wind power reduces global pollution, warming and cooling.>The movement of the air is necessary.
Can we access enough wind? This is often the first and most often asked question.In general, if you think you have a moderately windy place, you are more likely to have a good location for a wind turbine. It is always a good idea to do your research just to make sure.There are many places you can go to find answers and support. Your nearest meteorology organization will usually have local records. Wind resources can vary from place to place. Very strong prevailing Winds usually blow from the ocean. If this is the case, it is very important to have installation of wind turbines not so up in the air, and as far back as possible.
Once you have determined you have a good wind resource, you will want to site your wind power turbine in the most optimum place. The trees and the tallest structures can be down-wind of the wind turbine.The ideal position for a wind power turbine is a flat open space with good wind from at least one direction (known as the prevailing wind direction), a coastline, or a smooth hill top, with an open area in the prevailing wind. Depending on the system you install, a minimum wind speed of 1.5 mph to well over 39mph, like in the vicinity of the top of a hill, will work. The air flow should be sufficiently smooth and free from excessive turbulence.
Residential wind power turbines are more popular than ever today. Most people are beginning to realize that the wind is an incredible source of cheap energy, clean and renewable. Residential wind power technology is the new frontier in renewable energy thinking. Wind power systems can be a step in this new direction. It is time to establish or learn how to produce your own electricity with a residential wind turbine system.
Your wallet will thank you, your home will thank you, and more importantly the environment will benefit.Besides saving money, it is only sensible to stop and reverse global pollution. When you make use of wind power for your home energy needs, you will be doing something that everyone else in your neighborhood wants to be doing. Why wait for everyone else to be the leader, if you act on your own now?
I have found these websites helpful with establishing your new energy future with Free Energy Books and Free Energy Audits to help you find out your wind and solar requirements and costs, also your local government and national incentives in establishing a wind or solar power system. http://www.solareconomymall.com, http://www.turnitback013.com
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