Wind Power: A solution of the Future?
Today, a lot of people talk about using clean fuel for their cars and switching to solar energy in their homes, but what about wind energy? I feel like sometimes wind power is sometimes forgotten by people in today’s society. Wind power is a great clean energy source that will most of the time be there for us. Wind power is increasing its popularity but is still way behind from all the other sources.
When the sun’s hot air heats the earth, eventually cool air comes in to replace it and that is where the wind comes in. So because wind comes from the sun shining, wind will always be on earth until the end of the world (when the sun stops heating earth). So we know that the source will be reliable, but the large turbines take up a lot of space, unlike small solar panels. And as you will see in this next picture, they are not your ordinary fan.
Picture Credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk
A few reasons that wind power isn’t the “next big thing”, is that: as I stated before, they are a bit large, they also make a lot of noise, and can sometimes hurt animals such as bats and birds. And one last disadvantage is that the wind will always be there, but as you all know, the wind does not blow every day. But in the long run this clean energy source is going to do a lot less damage to people and animals, than producing more and more co2 will.
So you may be wondering “How does it work?” Well the answer is quite simple. The wind blows on the propellers of the turbine, which pushes them in a circular motion that turns a shaft. And this powers a generator connected to it, which produces the energy. The design is simple and works efficiently; this is why it could very well be part of the solution in the future.
The wind power industry has been rapidly increasing and has quadrupled its output of energy in only a matter of 6 years. The US is currently third in the amount of wind power it uses. But hopefully we will move all the way up to number one if we can notice the great benefits that come with using wind power and how much it could help in the future.