Categories: Renewable Energy

How Does a Wind Turbine Work?

February 23, 2022

Humans have been harnessing the wind to improve their quality of life for centuries.1 Wind was used to move boats in 5000 BC, when the sail was invented. And wind was being used to power mechanical tasks, like grinding grain or pumping water, as early as 200 BC.

While the science of wind farming is far more complex, the basic principles are the same. Kinetic energy is captured and converted into power. With a modern wind turbine, the power that is generated is clean, renewable electricity.

How Does a Wind Turbine Create Electricity?

As air moves past a wind turbine, the aerodynamic blades (similar in shape to an airplane wing) rotate. Most large wind turbines are designed to swivel, via a weather vane and computer. They adapt to changes in wind direction, finding the most productive angle for harvesting the wind.

Within the housing behind the blades, the turbine rotor is connected to a shaft and gears, which are connected to an electrical generator. Electricity, generated by the force of the wind, is then transferred to the electric grid, to provide electricity to local homes and businesses. The average wind turbine generates enough energy in 99 minutes to power an average U.S. home for one month.2

A Great Source of Green Energy

Wind turbines are made of metal (predominantly steel) with concrete bases, so there is some environmental impact in their construction. Once constructed, however, they emit no carbon dioxide or sulfur dioxide. The power supply generated is limitless, and the only costs over a typical lifetime of 20-25 years are for spare parts and maintenance.3

Wind energy is local, so it remains unaffected by global energy markets or the volatility of wholesale oil and gas prices. It also provides clean energy without the security, pollution, and waste-disposal concerns associated with nuclear power. And land-based utility-scale wind is one of the lowest-priced energy sources available today.4

Choose a Renewable Electricity Plan for Your Home!

If you are a residential electricity customer in a deregulated energy state, you have the option to choose an electricity plan that incorporates clean energy sources, like wind.

Santanna Energy Services offers 100% renewable energy plans to eligible customers in Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. We can supply the energy you need and help you go green with ease. You do not have to make any changes to your home. You simply choose a renewable plan and we will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs), adding clean energy to the grid to match your consumption.

Shown below is also great video from the U.S. Department of Energy on how the components of a wind turbine work to capture and convert wind energy to electricity.

Use this link to view energy plans available in your location. Or call 1-630-491-6784, and one of our energy specialists will be happy to help!

 

 

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Sources:
1https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/wind/history-of-wind-power.php
2https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/how-much-wind-energy-does-it-take-power-average-home
3https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51325101
4https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/advantages-and-challenges-wind-energy

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Categories: Renewable Energy

How Does a Wind Turbine Work?

February 23, 2022

Humans have been harnessing the wind to improve their quality of life for centuries.1 Wind was used to move boats in 5000 BC, when the sail was invented. And wind was being used to power mechanical tasks, like grinding grain or pumping water, as early as 200 BC.

While the science of wind farming is far more complex, the basic principles are the same. Kinetic energy is captured and converted into power. With a modern wind turbine, the power that is generated is clean, renewable electricity.

How Does a Wind Turbine Create Electricity?

As air moves past a wind turbine, the aerodynamic blades (similar in shape to an airplane wing) rotate. Most large wind turbines are designed to swivel, via a weather vane and computer. They adapt to changes in wind direction, finding the most productive angle for harvesting the wind.

Within the housing behind the blades, the turbine rotor is connected to a shaft and gears, which are connected to an electrical generator. Electricity, generated by the force of the wind, is then transferred to the electric grid, to provide electricity to local homes and businesses. The average wind turbine generates enough energy in 99 minutes to power an average U.S. home for one month.2

A Great Source of Green Energy

Wind turbines are made of metal (predominantly steel) with concrete bases, so there is some environmental impact in their construction. Once constructed, however, they emit no carbon dioxide or sulfur dioxide. The power supply generated is limitless, and the only costs over a typical lifetime of 20-25 years are for spare parts and maintenance.3

Wind energy is local, so it remains unaffected by global energy markets or the volatility of wholesale oil and gas prices. It also provides clean energy without the security, pollution, and waste-disposal concerns associated with nuclear power. And land-based utility-scale wind is one of the lowest-priced energy sources available today.4

Choose a Renewable Electricity Plan for Your Home!

If you are a residential electricity customer in a deregulated energy state, you have the option to choose an electricity plan that incorporates clean energy sources, like wind.

Santanna Energy Services offers 100% renewable energy plans to eligible customers in Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. We can supply the energy you need and help you go green with ease. You do not have to make any changes to your home. You simply choose a renewable plan and we will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs), adding clean energy to the grid to match your consumption.

Shown below is also great video from the U.S. Department of Energy on how the components of a wind turbine work to capture and convert wind energy to electricity.

Use this link to view energy plans available in your location. Or call 1-630-491-6784, and one of our energy specialists will be happy to help!

 

 

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Sources:
1https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/wind/history-of-wind-power.php
2https://www.usgs.gov/faqs/how-much-wind-energy-does-it-take-power-average-home
3https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51325101
4https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/advantages-and-challenges-wind-energy

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