Wind Power Essay

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The Power of Wind

Wind energy is a free and limitless power source. No matter where you go, there will always be wind. In the past, wind was captured and controlled through the use of sails for the powering of ships. Now that larger amounts of energy have been found, through the burning of fossil fuels, the art of sailing has faded to a recreational sport. Wind has also been used in the past to power mills, which have been used to pump water and grind grains. Though now these techniques of harnessing wind’s power are now not widely used, even though it is an effective power source. Wind is created by the uneven heating of the earth’s surface, and; therefore, is an unlimited source. The problem with fossil fuels is that they are
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No matter where you go, there will be a fair amount of wind about. The wind is also a resource that will never run out. As the sun heats the surface of the earth, some patches are unevenly heated. This will create air thermals that will generate wind currents. These wind currents will then power the windmills, and generate power. This structure, once built, will require little if no man-hours to run, being completely computer/machine operated. Once built, the only extra costs will come from maintenance. And because this mill does not require purchased fuels or materials, it will not require people to fuel or run it. This also makes it pollutant free. By not burning fuels, it has no exhaust, and therefore
The Power of Wind 5 is environmentally safe. However, the disadvantages are that; it is dependant upon the amount of wind at the time and the average wind speed. Without the wind the mill will not be able to generate energy and therefore will be useless. Another factor that determines where the windmill will be built is the average wind speed of the area. It will not be cost effective to build a mill where it costs more to build and maintain, than the amount of energy it generates.
However, the main problem is the amount of energy generated. According to The Economist a main problem with wind, solar, and geothermal, is that much of the power generated is lost along the AC

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