The Effects Of Microgeneration Wind Energy

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Wind energy is one of the fastest growing renewable energy source in the world. While massive wind farms, both onshore and offshore, are the primary focus as of late, microgeneration wind energy is a viable option for urban areas. Microgeneration wind energy is the small-scale implementation of wind turbines with the means of collecting wind energy. The use of small-scale wind energy is a perfect option for urban centers; microgeneration wind energy can be implemented through retrofitting existing buildings and constructing new buildings with an emphasis on microgeneration. Microgeneration will help both downtown urban areas and larger metropolitan regions reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and save money. Although multiple challenges currently …show more content…
The effects of global climate change can already be seen in the form of droughts, polar ice melt, sea level rises, etc. In the wake of the Paris Climate Agreement, participating countries are expected to help maintain global surface temperature two degrees celsius above pre-Industrial temperatures. Additionally, the European Union stated that their goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 (Alhorr et al., 2014). The key to achieving and maintaining the temperature regulation is for countries to cut down their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In order to achieve this, countries must creatively and efficiently implement renewable energy and transition away from fossil fuels. Wind energy, specifically small-scale wind energy, will play a vital role in countries achieving their emissions and sustainability …show more content…
There are three types of wind turbines: Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT), Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT), and Building Augmented Wind Turbine (BAWT) (Mertens, 2002). Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines are the quintessential wind turbine: the tall, sleek turbines with three rotating blades. Vertical Axis Wind Turbines are slender turbines that go straight up and do not consist of clockwise or counterclockwise rotating blades. Building Augmented Wind Turbines are architectural features of the building built into the side or top of a structure. Small-scale wind turbines can be placed on the roofs of skyscrapers or other large buildings, the sides of buildings, and even on single-family homes that receive sufficient amounts of

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