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This website is titled how does wind energy work and it's aim is to discuss ways in which wind energy has been used, is currently used and is likely to be utilized to generate power through the coming years, well in to the future, for whether we like it or not wind power is certainly here to stay.
As the global population continues to grow, we are constantly faced with a number of key problems...
How to house this growing increase of people, how to feed them and how to generate the power to supply the services and needs of this ever expanding world.
There are a number of energy forms leading the fray, including solar power and water or wave power.
But the subject we're here to discuss is 'WIND ENERGY'
Wind energy is an especially 'GREEN' way to generate electricity...
It's virtually silent...
Tirelessly works all year round and...
Is not particularly intrusive, certainly not when compared to other more traditional ways of generating electricity such as nuclear or coal fueled power stations, not to mention the polution they churn out.
There are however a couple of factors that hold wind energy back in the fight against traditional fuels as our sources of energy.
Firstly, if you live an area where there is little or no wind, then you simply can't use this form of energy generation.
Secondly there are many people that complain about the appearance of wind farms or simply the odd solitary windmill.
So let's get down to the real facts and discuss how does wind energy work?
Firstly wind energy is harnessed by the use of wind turbines or windmills as they were known in the past. In fact wind power is nothing new, we have been using it in a very primitive way for grinding our grains for hundreds of years.
Wind turbines are the medium by which the wind is used to convert wind energy into electricity. The way they work is that a turbine is placed on to a tall mast or stand and this turbine has generally 3 large propeller blades which are connected to a rotor.
The blades of the windmill generate energy by turning a shaft in a gearbox that increases the speed of revolutions to power a generator.
This generator uses magnetic fields to convert the energy in to electrical energy.
This generated power is transformed in to the correct voltage for use in our homes, businesses and general everyday life.
If the wind generator is connected to the main power supply then this generated electricity then enters the general network and can be used by everybody. It is generally charged out to the public by a network of electrical companies, who buy electricity off the national grid and charge it out to their own customers for a slight profit.
Please stay on how does wind power work .org and look around a while. We have links to a range of wind power resources where you can find out more about this exciting subject.