Mar 28 2011
Wind Energy, put simply, is using the wind to move turbines, which then in turn provide power. The turbines are mounted atop very tall towers in order to capture the most wind. This is by far one of the most sustainable and cleanest types of energy available. The wind turbines produce no toxic or heat trapping emissions, creating an extremely viable energy alternative. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, Wind Energy is becoming much more cost-competitive and is on the rise. In 2007 and 2008 alone more wind turbines were installed than in the last 20 years combined, making this an almost 27 billion dollar investment. The turbines are pretty complex pieces of material, so I hope this pictures helps to show the parts. Although they do seem complicated they are becoming incresingly cost-efficient
I found a really good video to use to help explain this process throughly and simply. Unfortunately my computer is not letting me embed this video so I hope it’s not too much trouble to navigate away from the page, it’s definately worth it.
Also found a great link to an article explaining how these wind turbines are becoming more and more efficient in creating energy. The article comes from the Alternative Energy group and is pretty neat.