Wind power, one of the oldest sources of renewable energy harnessed by mankind for centuries and a major player in today’s alternative energy world, has a number of different benefits associated with it that have made it and kept it at the foremost of discussion for most renewable energy sources. Primarily these benefits can be broken down into three categories: cost, efficiency and availability.
One of the primary benefits of wind power, a high-output wind turbine can be developed and established for relatively low initial investment on either a consumer or developer’s end. This means that more wind energy production facilities can be established to provide more overall power than the same amount of money invested in a comparable competitor such as solar energy cells. Further, a wide variety of materials can be used in wind turbine construction, meaning that developers have a number of choices to choose from in establishing an energy production area rather than being forced into using one potentially highly expensive source.
Being able to operate 24 hours a day if established in an area with decent regular wind flow, wind turbines can generate electricity for use both day and night all year round. This allows for established wind turbines to continuously deliver power without needing to adhere to specific times such as solar cycles in order to generate electricity. Further, at a pure cost to energy output ratio wind energy is one of the most efficient providers of green renewable energy available. While it’s true that other combustible materials can be purchased for relatively low cost and be burned for high energy output the carbon emissions of these means that they are not truly “green” as compared to wind turbines even if they are derived from renewable biomass and thus allow wind turbines to stand as one of the most efficient energy producers available currently for energy generation and use.
Due both the wide range of materials able to be used in wind turbine construction as well as the fact that they have relatively low cost wind turbines can easily be established throughout the world in various areas. Unlike geothermal power production facilities that can only be built in specific locations wind turbines can be established virtually anywhere with a high enough altitude to provide clean, regular wind currents for conversion to energy.
Additionally newer developments of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) allow for even more areas to be utilized than were considered possible due to the VAWT’s ability to turn and generate energy at significantly lower wind speeds than traditional horizontal axis wind turbines require. While it’s true that VAWTs are generally much poorer energy generators that horizontal axis turbines due to the fact that the additional friction generated by the vertical design reduces the overall energy conversion ability of the turbine the fact still remains that their flexibility in use allows them to be placed even in relatively small areas for use, making wind turbines as a whole one of the most flexible and available alternative energy generation devices available to most people.
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