29 Interesting Facts about Wind Energy to Make You Give Up on Fossil Fuels

The harmful effect regarding the use of fossil fuels determines more and more people to switch to renewable energy sources. Wind energy is one of the renewable energy sources, using the wind’s power to fuel energy turbines. Wind power has an incredible potential, and it does not triggers harmful emissions or pollutants. In what follows, we will provide some interesting facts about wind energy which are likely to convince you to go green.

Interesting Facts About Wind Energy

  1. Wind energy means that we turn energy from the wind to other forms of energy. We can harness this wind’s power in various ways including wind mills. They develop mechanical energy by enabling turbines to move and produce electricity.
  2. People should know that wind energy has a massive potential, being able to sustain entire countries in the future, providing endless energy.
  3. Wind turbines may be as high as a 20 story building, featuring three blades that are 60 meter long. If you decide to put up a small turbine in your back yard, it could help you power your entire household. A wind farm represents several wind turbines built in the same location.
  4. After the development of wind turbines, operational costs are minimal. Furthermore, wind energy receives benefits and subsides from governments to make this source of energy very popular.
  5. However, there are some reasons why wind turbines have been criticized for. They emit a lot of noise and they may disturb nearby residents. Furthermore, the turbine fans which move slowly can also affect birds or bats in the area. Another important aspect when wanting to use this green source of energy is to install it in a wind-probe area. Otherwise, the generation of electricity could stop.

If we use wind power, we will cut down on climate change emissions

A man up on a wind turbine

Wind turbines do not emit greenhouse gases, being a renewable source of energy.

  1. The use of wind energy quadrupled between 2000 and 2006. Furthermore, back in 2012, wind mills generated over 70,000 mega watts of global capacity. Germany uses wind energy more than other countries. The second position in top countries which use wind power is Spain. However, China and the US are catching up.
  2. Wind energy is unique because it does not use any water. In the US, by 2030, wind power is bound to save about 30 trillion bottles of water.
  3. People can develop wind farms offshore. This is a great advantage since winds could be stronger and steadier in offshore locations. However, developing offshore windmills could be pretty expensive.
  4. Wind energy is a pollution free source of energy. Hence, the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere diminishes and the effects of climate change are gradually fading. If we replace fossil fuels with wind energy, the amount of air pollution will decrease.
  5. The biggest wind turbine developed is as high as the Statue of Liberty.

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Wind power can provide endless energy

  1. The NREL indicates that 1MW of wind energy can offset about 2,600 tons carbon dioxide.
  2. People can install wind turbines on floating structures which can transmit the electricity back to land using undersea cables.
  3. The Center for Biological Diversity indicates that every year more than 1,300 hawks, falcons, eagles and other species of birds get killed due to wind turbines.
  4. In countries like Portugal and Denmark, wind energy produces over 20% of the total electricity production.
  5. Some of the major drawback of wind energy represent the change in wind speed, high installation costs and the fact that they may not be suitable for all areas.
  6. A large number of wind turbines known as wind farms were installed in over 38 countries in the United States. Furthermore, they currently operate utility-grade wind installations.
  7. Albert Bertz, a German physicist and pioneer of wind turbine technology, revealed the wind energy theory. He published data about wind energy in his book Wind-Energie.
  8. In 2012, about $25 billion were invested in new wind projects.
  9. By the end of 2012, the total wind capacity installed in the U.S. was of 60,007 MW.
  10. By 2030, about 20% of electricity that the US consumes can come from wind energy. However, the need for clean energy tax credits is a must in order to achieve this target.

Wind energy is a renewable source of energy

  1. By the end of 2012, about 80,700 people got different wind related jobs across fields like services, operations, manufacturing, transportation, construction, siting and development.
  2. A wind turbine features over 8,000 different components.
  3. People could use smaller wind turbines as a backup power in sailing ships and caravans, but also to charge batteries.
  4. Higher wind speeds will produce more electricity. Hence, by building taller wind turbines, they will use high-wind speeds.
  5. Most of the wind turbines’ components that people install in the United States are usually manufactured here. In the US, there are approximately 500 wind-related manufacturing facilities. They are located across 41 states. At the moment, the U.S. wind industry has over 101,000 employees.

Fun Facts About Wind Energy

  1. A wind turbine necessitates an average wind speed of 14 miles per hour to transform wind energy into electricity.
  2. A single wind turbine can generate enough electricity to power up about 300 homes.
  3. The biggest wind turbine is located in Hawaii, in the US. This massive wind turbine stands 20 stories tall and has big blades which are of the length of a football field.
  4. In 1940, the first modern wind turbine was developed in Vermont.
  5. Windmills were first used starting with 200 B.C. They were developed in China and Persia. Sailors used the power of winds to sail to distant lands. Furthermore, farmers used windmills to pump water for their crops and to grind their grains.

Summing up

All these interesting facts about wind energy could help you understand the importance of renewable energy. In this way, you would see that there are more advantages when using wind energy than when choosing fossil fuels. You should consider the use of wind energy for your house because you will diminish pollution. By diminishing greenhouse gad emissions, we reach to cut down on climate change effects.

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William E. Eubanks
 

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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