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An Overview Of Wind Farms As An Energy Source

Author : Wes Meller

Submitted : 2010-10-16 08:48:08    Word Count : 870    Popularity:   87

Tags:   Wind power, alternative energy

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With energy issues turning into a daily subject in the news, wind energy is gaining disrepute. Here is a top level view of wind farms and their potential. China is also starting to invest big quantities of resources in wind farms as its energy wishes grow.

The basics of electricity production thru wind farms are fairly straightforward. Very impressive air turbines are placed in locations where they may receive the maximum quantity of wind energy. In any case, the wind turns the blades as it passes, which turns a generator in the turbine. The turning motion converts the wind energy into electricity when the generator cranks, which is then sent into a standard utility company energy network or stored in batteries. This process is identical to hydropower with wind being used rather than water. The stereotypical wind farm is a demonstration in topography. The goal is to find locations where wind exists as frequently as practicable. Put in practical terms, ideal spots are in areas where ground modification happens as wind is produced when different surface areas heat up at different rates. As each surface warms up, the air rises and cooler air rushes in to replace it. So , we have wind. Many of us are certain that wind farms are found only in locations of land where winds are howling through valleys and over hills. While this is definitely true, the current trend is to build wind farms off the shorelines of nations.

A benefit of offshore wind farms has to do with the frequency and generation of winds. Shorelines represent fruitful wind generation areas. On top of this, the open space of the sea authorizes winds generated from remote locations to move towards shorelines. If you have ever spent time going sailing, you've got an awareness of how tough these winds can be. On top of all this, placing wind farms in the sea avoids the price of buying costly space on land. The larger issue is getting them to provide satisfactory energy at as low a price as practicable to make them a reasonable power generation platform.

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