Green Energy - Wind Power

Greenhouse - Green Energy - Wind Power

Wind PowerWind Power is the generation of electricity by harnessing winds kinetic energy through the use of wind mills. Wind mills have been used throughout time to power systems used for food production, pumping water and saw mills. Through the use of traditional wind harnessing methodologies, today's wind power windmills consist of 3 basic components that generate electricity or the renewable energy source called Wind Power. Wind Power is commonly known as the safest and cleanest form of renewable energy for the following reasons:

  • No Waste Water - Wind Power production does not require process water like other sources of energy sources (i.e. coal)
  • No Foreign Dependence - Wind Power is generated domestically there is no dependence on foreign countries for it's energy
  • Renewable - Wind Power requires no use of fossil fuel mining
  • Clean Air - Wind Power production emits no green house gasses
Wind Power Windmill Components:
  • Blades - 3+ Blades are connected together to act as a rotating propeller or turbine when they capture wind.
  • Drive Shaft - 1 shaft is connected to the blades and rotates when the blades capture wind.
  • Generator - Produces electricity with gears that are rotated by the windmill drive shaft.

In the past, generating electricity with Wind Power has been cost prohibitive. However, with the costs and more effectiveness of household wind power systems coming closer with fossil fuels, Wind Power adoption is growing at a faster pace than any other forms of energy sources. This has become possible with the growing costs of fossil fuels and the advancements in Wind Power Technology.

Current rule of thumb - Electricity costs need to be greater or equal to $.10 per KW/Hour to be a cost effective alternative to traditional methods.

According to the Department of Energy (DOE)'s report in 2006, the annual consumption of wind generated electricity exceeded 11 megawatts or enough power for just fewer than 3 million homes. Most of this power is generated by windmill farms located in the Western United States. As technology continues to evolve to become more efficient and less expensive, the DOE expects wind power to account for as much as 20% electricity domestically. Newer more efficient residential turbines are coming to market that are roof mountable and will greatly contribute to the DOE's prediction.