Windpower: Renewable Wind Energy

Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form, such as electricity, using wind turbines.

Although wind currently produces about 1% of world-wide electricity use,it accounts for approximately 19% of electricity production in Denmark, 9% in Spain and Portugal, and 6% in Germany and the Republic of Ireland (2007 data).

Advantages

  • Wind is free, wind farms need no fuel.
  • Produces no waste or greenhouse gases.
  • The land beneath can usually still be used for farming.
  • A good method of supplying energy to remote areas

Wind Turbine, Windpower: Renewable Wind Energy
Disadvantages

  • The wind is not always predictable – some days have no wind.
  • Suitable areas for wind farms are often near the coast, where land is expensive.
  • Wind turbines are noisy. Each one can generate the same level of noise as a family car travelling at 70 mph.
  • Many people see large wind turbines as unsightly structures and not pleasant or interesting to look at.
  • They disfigure the countryside and are generally ugly.
    When wind turbines are being manufactured some pollution is produced. Therefore wind power does produce some pollution.

6 thoughts on “Windpower: Renewable Wind Energy”

  1. Some errors here:

    – Wind turbines are NOT noisy. For anyone who doubts this, please, visit a wind farm yourself and have a listen. You can stand directly under an operating turbine and carry on a conversation in a normal tone of voice.

    – Public opinion polls consistently show that a large majority of people do not find wind turbines unattractive.

    Regards,
    Thomas O. Gray
    American Wind Energy Association
    http://www.powerofwind.org
    http://www.awea.org
    http://www.20percentwind.org

  2. Would the people who find these windmills unattractive also find (say) Dutch windwills, Australian water-pumps and … um … the Washington Monument unattractive?

    These things are so subjective, but also potentially a matter of life and death, that I think the point is moot.

    Rgds

    Damon

  3. Would the people who find these windmills unattractive also find (say) Dutch windmills, Australian water-pumps and … um … the Washington Monument unattractive?

    These things are so subjective, but also potentially a matter of life and death, that I think the point is moot.

    Rgds

    Damon

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