Wind Energy And Dynamics

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Wind Energy and Dynamics Today many forms of energy exist that assist in creating power to be used on the industrial and commercial level, as well as power the many buildings that reside throughout the United States and the rest of the world. While there are an immense amount of methods that produce power/energy, one of the more recent developments pertains to that of wind energy. Wind energy is considered a renewable energy source because wind is always in supply, whereas fossil fuels such as coal and petroleum are non-renewable resources since it takes them many years to reform after extracting them from the earth. Most notably, wind energy is harnessed through wind turbines, and these turbines can be seen throughout the American southwest. …show more content…
Wind energy is a process in which wind is harnessed to create mechanical energy which in turn causes some other form of energy to be formed. The energy produced could potentially be converted into potential energy in order to move water from deep from a drilled well to the surface. It could also be utilized to create kinetic energy to turn a shaft for a myriad of tasks. The possibilities are almost endless since you can convert this wind energy into any other energy depending on the creativity of the engineer. Most notably though wind turbines harness the kinetic energy produced by wind and convert it into mechanical energy, which can further be converted into electrical power. This process is carried out by the blades of the wind turbine spinning in conjunction with a crank shaft. As the shaft rotates, it produces electric power through a generator creating an electrical current which can be stored for further utilization. Interestingly enough this is the exact opposite of a fan you might see in a house since that fan requires a work input to net a kinetic energy …show more content…
These variables can be environmental impact, cost efficiency, and transportation issues. Along the lines of environmental impact, wind energy poses minimal degradation to the environment due to its little need of natural resources to be consumed. All of the components that go into creating a wind turbine outweigh the cons because the net power output ends up being a worthwhile goal. Among other items that cause companies to decide upon a project is the cost efficiency, and it turns out that wind energy is much more affordable than most other energy sources. For instance, a coal plant would have very large maintenance cost, whereas a wind turbine has little to no maintenance cycles. Wind turbines mostly have an initial startup fee that would include cost of materials, labor of installing the wind turbine at the desired location, and a monthly fee for use of property. Another reason wind turbines are cost effective is because there is no royalty on wind that passes the blades of a wind turbine. The supply of energy is virtually endless since the temperature differences between the surface of the earth and the atmosphere always cause winds to circulate throughout the entire world. Although there seems to be little worry in terms of the sustainability of a wind turbine and its cost efficiency, as with many energy sources the

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