Don't Blow it Off: How Wind Power Works
Wind power, the world’s most renewable resource, is virtually limitless in its utility. Wind converts the Earth’s naturally occurring kinetic energy into mechanical power and electricity, and is transferred to a local power company for community distribution.
How Does it Work?
Wind turbines are essentially large propellers situated at the tops of rods. These mechanical titans are placed upon open hillsides and other windy areas. An effective green energy company has routinely streamlined these propellers' designs—making them increasingly aerodynamic for an energy supplier’s use. The wind moves the blades, and the blades’ shaft spins. Two types of wind turbines exist, and both provide excellent, renewable energy:
- Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT)
- Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines (HAWT)
What Makes Mechanical Energy?
When these turbines are rotated, both drag and lift create force. This force is transferred into raw energy, and rotating speeds can drastically increase or decrease depending upon different circumstances. When energy is captured within a power company generator, it’s converted into raw energy for the selected green energy company, other energy providers, and the surrounding community. The generator stores the electricity with powerful electromagnets, which are surrounded in copper wire loops for storage longevity. As the rotor spins, more electricity is produced.
Out of the Generator, and Into the Home
Such electricity, while manageable, isn’t stored for very long. Harnessing the wind’s power is incredibly effective, but such raw, kinetic force needs to be passed through a transformer for a voltage increase. This voltage increase manipulates the energy—making it a viable, every-day energy resource. Local power stations then pass the energy to local fuse boxes, and such fuse boxes maintain the capacity for widespread disbursement. The energy, having been streamlined for easy use, is then transferred to homes, businesses and other services.