What Is Wind Power

What Is Wind Power
by Arnold Thompson

We all know how important it is to preserve our environment and conserve natural resources. This has led to an unprecedented level of interest in using wind power and other types of alternative energy. However, a lot of people really aren’t sure how wind power actually works. In fact, it’s actually rather simple. The kinetic energy of the wind is converted into electrical energy through the motion of wind turbines.

Right now, it is sad to say but only 1.5% of the world’s electricity use comes from wind power but luckily that percentage is increasing with each passing year.

The more people know about the danger posed by continuing to produce electricity by conventional means and the benefits of wind power, the more people are interested in making the transition. There are some countries which have made great advances in the use of this alternative energy technology; Denmark already uses wind power to meet 20% of its electrical energy needs.[youtube:UQWf_-OEHOw;[link:DIY Wind Power];http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQWf_-OEHOw&feature=related]

Spain and Portugal use wind power for about 11% of their electricity supply; and Ireland and Germany get about 7% of their electricity this way. Wind power has been known for many centuries for a variety of purposes, but it is only fairly recently that this old technology has been repurposed towards generating electricity.

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Even though a lot of people would complain about the look of the wind farms, calling them unsightly, there are many benefits that should be considered before passing up the idea simply because the wind farms do not look pretty. Wind power is renewable, plentiful, clean, widely distributed, and it does not produce as much greenhouse gas emissions then the other routes that are taken to produce electricity.

But does wind power really stop with producing electricity for our homes, businesses, and schools? The answer is no and that is because there is a chance that someday, our cars could actually run with the help of wind power. There was a super car designed in California that can drive at speeds of up to 155 miles per hour without using the typical fuel that we are all used to.

The car uses a battery (which is solar powered) to start, but once started it can run on the energy generated by the circulation of air through the car. It seems that wind power has even more uses than anyone thought. With the potential to power not only our homes but also our cars, it seems that there are no good arguments to be made against the use of wind power.

Of course, some who live near a wind farm do have some complaints about the noise, but other neighbors of wind farms shrug it off, saying that these wind power plants produce less noise than a herd of sheep or cows would.

It is all in the eyes, or ears, of the beholder apparently. But in the end, decisions will be made based on what is best for the environment of the planet, not what the local residents want to have views of.

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