Wind Power

Wind Power

Wind power is an alternative way of providing electricity, although the cost is higher than paying for a traditional electric provider. This, however, has not stopped many from using this natural source. Denmark is at the top in manufacturing and using wind turbines and it consistently creates over 20% of it’s electricity with wind power. Wind power is used, however, throughout the United States and other countries on a much smaller scale than those of the larger energy companies.

Wind power has been used for generations in remote areas and when driving through the country you may see a large wind turbine sitting in an empty fields or even nearer to an old farmhouse. A wind turbine may use a type of grid energy storage system the will store the energy to be used at a later time. The wind turbines themselves can range from a 400 watt generator to be used for residential purposes to enough to be used for wind farms or offshore. The small turbines will have direct drive generators, direct current output, and are usually used on farms and smaller residences.

One of the main arguments for using wind power is that it is a renewable resource, meaning it can not be depleted like other fuels, such as coal. Wind power does not produce any toxic substances such as carbon dioxide or any type of air pollution so it is considered to be a clean energy source.

The fact is that, while wind power may not save a ton of money quickly, it can certainly help to save it in the long run by saving earth’s other resources that may be depleted in the future.

Small wind turbines scaled to the right size for residential and urban areas have so far lived in the shadows of their larger wind-farm-sized counterparts. The power output has been too low for a reasonable return on investment through energy savings and the noise they produce is louder than most homeowners can deal with.

A Dutch renewable energy start-up called The Archimedes is working to solve both of those problems in a new class of small-scale wind turbine — one that is almost silent and is far more efficient at converting wind into energy. The company states that the Liam F1 turbine could generate 1,500 kWh of energy per year at wind speeds of 5m/s, enough to cover half of an average household’s energy use.

When used in combination with rooftop solar panels, a house could run off grid. “When there is wind you use the energy produced by the wind turbine; when the sun is shining you use the solar cells to produce the energy,”

Attempts have been made some of our volunteers – interns to design, manuafacture // assemble such a micro/small wind mill at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan in India.