Top 8 Facts about Wind Energy and Wind Turbines

As the world wakes up to the effects of fossil fuels and becomes more aware of the importance of protecting the environment, people are beginning to look to alternative means for energy production. The renewable energy industry is being highlighted, which includes wind energy. Let’s break down what wind energy is exactly.

What is Wind Energy?

Wind energy is energy that is created by using the power of the wind via wind turbines or windmills. It is a clean and safe way to produce energy and is fast becoming one of the major suppliers of renewable energy globally.

Wind Energy Facts

Wind energy is still a new form of energy for us, so there may be many things we don’t know about wind energy. The list below will help explain some facts regarding wind energy.

Wind Energy Is Not New

You read that correctly; wind energy is not a new form of energy production. It has been around for centuries, well before the use of fossil fuels. Wind energy has been used as early as 2000 B.C to pump water and grind grains.

Modern Wind Energy Is Still Developing

While wind energy has been around for centuries, the modern wind energy sector is still growing and developing. New technology and methods are being created to ensure the greatest amount of energy is produced to power our home and business. We still have a long way to go in this regard, however.

Wind Turbine Size

Wind turbines are massive; according to Utility Bidder, a standard wind turbine is almost 300 feet in height equipped with 3 blades, each blade is 185 feet in length. For offshore wind turbines, they can easily be 860 feet tall, which is just 200 feet short of the Eiffel tower.

Wind Turbines Use Magnets

Wind turbines use magnets to produce energy; the blades of the turbine run the generator.  This generator then produces AC electricity by moving magnets over wire coils that are stationary.

Clean energy

Wind energy is one of the cleanest forms of energy available today; other than the carbon emissions created when installing wind turbines, they produce little to no pollution when functioning.

No Water Needed

It sounds obvious that wind turbines do not need water to function. The implications of this, however, mean that by using wind turbines as an energy source, we could be saving a lot of money in energy production.

Wind Turbines and Small Businesses

Smaller wind turbines can be used by small businesses and homeowners to produce their own electricity.  They can be used as emergency energy sources or to try to be more energy efficient as a business or home.

Wind Energy Growth

Wind energy is becoming one of the fastest-growing forms of renewable energy globally. According to estimations by Statista, the number of investments in wind energy globally was set to reach 130$. This is more investment in wind energy than any other form of renewable energy available today.

Final Word

Wind energy is a new and fast-growing type of renewable energy. It is one of the greatest sources of clean and safe energy production and does not even require the use of water. Additionally, it can even be used by small businesses and homeowners. It’s truly one of the best energy alternatives to fossil fuel today.

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