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Where the Wind Blows.

According to Wikipedia this is wind power. “Wind energy or wind power is extracted from air flow using wind turbines or sails to produce mechanical or electrical energy. Windmills are used for their mechanical power, windpumps for water pumping, and sails to propel ships.”

 

Now while that is the technical definition of it, it is much more than that. It could be the next big energy source. It might be able to compete with Solar & Gas. In the exact right conditions, a wind turbine can be unbeatable. However in the wrong conditions it can be the lowest performer.

 

There are both pro’s and cons to it.

 

Some pro’s are:

- Produce electricity day or night

- Less space taken up by the wind generator system

- Produce more electricity cost less

 

Some con’s are:

- More maintenance

- Moving parts wear out

- Lighting strikes

 

My opinion is that wind could be more effective than solar. It just is not at the place solar is now. While wind power in general is cost effective, I feel that the larger turbines are the way to go and those are just not cost effective at the moment.

 

 

The whole space issue is big for me, while yes they can go on your roof etc.., massive solar array’s take up space on the ground. For them to work properly and eventually be able to power cities they have to be large. That is the thing with wind, yes the large turbines take more maintenance and have more risk. I believe in this case as the technology advances the risk will outweigh the reward.

 

I don’t know about you, but I rather see five huge turbines on a few acres than see miles and miles of solar panels.

 

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