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10 Interesting Wind Energy Facts

 

Wind is the movement of air across the surface of the Earth, from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure.The terms “wind energy” or “wind power” describe the process by which the wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in the wind into mechanical power. Wind turbines, like aircraft propeller blades, turn in the moving air and power an electric generator that supplies an electric current.

When people are concerned about energy security we think about alternative energy sources. One of these is wind energy so this week I will give you 10 interesting facts about wind energy.

1.) Where is wind energy utilized the most?

The country with most wind power turbines is surprisingly China closely followed by the USA. The European Union member states are also represented in top 10 countries with wind energy usage: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Portugal.

   

2.) Costs of wind energy

Wind is free but building the wind turbine can be a considerable cost. Operation and maintenance costs constitute a sizable share of the total annual costs of a wind turbine. Based on the wind energy facts, many people estimate that the wind energy will be one of the most affordable ways to for larger amounts of energy. It is one of the best options for the people who want to get rid of nuclear energy.

   

3.) Europe and wind energy

Nowadays the European Union can supply 6,3% of its electricity demand and its annual grown is 15% over last years. Research from a wide variety of sources in various European countries shows that support for wind power is consistently about 80 per cent amongst the general public.

   

4.) Second largest user of wind energy – America

However wind energy was not in the fore front of policies but some parts of the country have good landscape and climate suitable for developing and installing the wind energy. The use of wind power in the United States has expanded quickly over the last several years.The electricity produces in 2011 from wind power in the US equals to 2.9% of all electric power.

   

5.) Third largest user of wind energy – Germany

One of the countries in European Union utilizing the wind energy in larger scale is Germany. Over 8% of Germany´s electrical power is supplied by wind energy. Germany has more than 21,607 wind turbines and the plant plans to build more turbines. As of 2011 the country is working on a new plan for increasing renewable energy commercialization with focus on offshore wind farms.

   

6.) Benefits of wind energy

If we look at energy facts, wind energy will become one of the most affordable ways to get larger amounts of energy.Wind energy is friendly to the surrounding environment, as no fossil fuels are burnt to generate electricity from wind energy.Wind turbines take up less space than the average power station. Windmills only have to occupy a few square meters for the base, this allows the land around the turbine to be used for many purposes, for example agriculture. It is one of the best options for the people who want to get rid of nuclear energy.

   

7.) Usage of wind energy

This energy can be renewable anytime you want unlike the fossil fuel which can run out of source if we use it continuously.

 

   

8.) Wind instead of fuels

Installing a wind turbine will not cost you anything and energy and power is clean – no fuel needed which means no additional costs.

   

9.) Rural area and wind energy

With wind energy it does not matter where you are because when there is wind you can use it as energy source. Both rural and country area landscape is suitable. Wind farms are created based on power demand and the amount of wind that blows in an area. Resource maps indicate that some of the best places to fulfull wind energy demand are in rural areas.

   

10.) Popularity of wind energy

Wind energy is used to create more labor opportunities for local communities in manufacturing, transportation, and project construction. Once the projects are complete, jobs are created in the operation and maintenance of the projects. As the production cost drops, the three-blade turbines that produced tiny volumes of electricity for remote cottages is spreading across. Large -scale wind farms are connected to the electric power transmission network, smaller facilities are used to power remote areas. More companies buy back surplus electricity produced by small domestic turbines.