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What exactly is wind?

Wind. It’s always been with us, and it always will be. So, where does it come from?

Basically, wind is caused by 3 things:

  • The heating of the atmosphere by the sun,
  • The rotation of the Earth, and
  • The Earth’s surface irregularities.

Air under high pressure moves toward areas of low pressure – and the greater the difference in pressure, the faster the air flows!

What is wind energy?

  • Wind energy is the power we can get from the wind, using turbine technology.
  • Wind energy is the most efficient of all renewable energies.
  • Wind energy doesn’t pollute the air like power plants that rely on fossil fuels.
  • Remember: wind has always been with us, and it always will be. This means that wind energy is renewable, abundant and inexhaustible.
  • So, how do we harness wind energy? To answer that, we need to ask…

What is a wind turbine?

  • A wind turbine is a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into electricity.
  • A group of wind turbines is called a wind farm.
  • On a wind farm, turbines provide bulk power to the electrical grid.
  • These turbines can be found on land (onshore) or at sea (offshore).
  • Turbines range in size from 100 kilowatts (give an example) to as large as what’s the largest? (give an example) .
  • Larger wind turbines are more cost-effective… the bigger, the better!
  • So now you probably want to know…

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