Wind Energy Report
Out of all of the potential sources of renewable energy, wind power has one of the longest histories. Humanity has been using wind power to benefit us for thousands upon thousands of years, whether it has been used in building ventilation or sailing. Being a renewable source of energy, wind power obviously offers immediate benefits: no necessary reliance on foreign sources of energy for most of us, cleaner more environmental friendly energy and no worry about wind reserves being used up. There are some concerns with wind as a source of energy, though.
Wind power is best harnessed today by turbines, the turning of which generates consumable energy out of the turbine’s kinetic energy. This process works great where wind is abundant and consistent. Unfortunately, some areas are just not very good areas for wind power usage. For example, lower elevations and inland regions have lesser wind patterns. Typically, the closer you are to the ocean or to major wind currents, such as those affecting mountain tops, the greater wind strength and consistency there is. It is precisely these areas where wind farms tend to be constructed.
However, as technology increases so will our ability to construct wind farms in other areas, such as offshore and at higher elevations. With greater winds will come more consistent turbine-energy generation, and ultimately greater efficiency. And further, increased technologies will allow that energy to be transferred further inland. One area that requires improvement is grid energy storage, but there are also other possibilities here like harnessing wind energy in battery form. Any such solution would add to bringing the benefits of wind power to those who do not currently benefit from it directly.
In order to promote further development in wind power usage, several things can be done. First, you can donate to support research and development institutions directly. You can also write to your political representatives in support of additional funding and beneficial legislation for wind power development and adoption. Each step you take brings us closer to relying on truly renewable, clean energy and ultimately more sustainable development.
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