Wind turbines harness the power of the wind to generate electricity to reduce energy bills and lower carbon emissions. The UK has 40% of Europe’s wind energy blowing over its land making it an ideal country for domestic turbines.
Wind power is clean and as generators become increasingly efficient and practical the demand for them is growing rapidly. Wind turbines are sprouting up across the country with some very innovative designs.
History of wind power
The popularity of using the energy in the wind has always fluctuated with the price of fossil fuels. When fuel prices fell after World War II, interest in wind turbines waned. But when the price of oil skyrocketed in the 1970s, so did worldwide interest in wind turbine generators.
How does wind power work?
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. This mechanical power can be used for specific tasks (such as grinding grain or pumping water) or a generator can convert this mechanical power into electricity. Simply stated, a wind turbine works the opposite of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity.
The benefits of wind turbines
- Cut your electricity bills
- Get paid for what you generate
- Cut your carbon footprint
- Wind electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants.
- Through Feed-in-Tariffs, you get paid for the electricity you generate even if you use it. What you don't use, you can export to the local grid - and get paid for that too.
- Wind is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.
- Store electricity for a calm day