Using Wind to Change the World

Solar Energy BasicsWind power is a clean and reliable source of energy that mankind has used for millennium. Wind has been used in everything from pumping water, to grinding grain on a farm, to propelling some of the large ancient ships that were at the heart of the world conquest done by countries like Great Britain and Spain. In our time mankind is once again looking to wind power as a way to help change and reshape the world as we know it.

Very few people can deny the fact that as a global society we need to make drastic changes when it comes to our energy production and usage. Our choices are to either reduce the amount of energy that we use every single day, or to come up with a renewable source of energy that will provide inexpensive energy in an efficient manner. And since it is unlikely that the energy hungry countries around the world will take serious steps to reduce their energy consumption, the more viable solution is to try to find a way to produce renewable energy. This is where wind energy enters the scene.

Countries around the world including the United States and Great Britain have dedicated time and resources to building wind farms. These farms, which can be seen in places like California, and along the coast in Britain have been effective when it comes to producing clean energy from wind. Unfortunately wind turbines that are placed on the ground have limitations when it comes to the amount of energy that they can produce. They also have the disadvantage of negatively affecting the appearance of the landscape, and producing noise that can be bothersome to individuals who live in the vicinity of these wind farms.

In order to combat this some inventors have come up with inventive ways of placing large wind turbines higher up in the atmosphere. These larger high-altitude wind turbines would be able to produce greater levels of energy because of their size, and because of their constant contact with high winds. A lot of these projects are still in the experimental phases, however they promised to revolutionize the way the world uses wind energy.

Alternative Energy is Our Future

Solar Energy Alternative energy is going to be very important in the future. There are a lot of different forms of alternative energy. There is solar energy that is the most common alternative energy that homeowners can utilize. The cost of solar power is getting lower and lower every year. It is about half the price now compared to five years ago. Another form of alternative energy is hydroelectricity which is using water flowing to turn turbines. The turbines turning generate electricity and produces no pollution what so ever. Hydroelectricity is no viable for homeowners though since it take a big plant and a very large river to generate electricity. Luckily, there is an unlimited amount of these alternative energy sources unlike oil and coal.

The last form of alternative energy I would like to talk about is wind energy. Wind energy is from the power of wind turning large windmills. The windmills have a shaft that goes down to a turbine which is turned to produce electricity. When someone makes a field full of windmills, they are called wind farms. Wind farms are pretty common in California. Windmills can vary greatly in size from hundreds of feet to a few feet that can be mounted on the roof of a house. The bigger the windmill the more energy it can produce. My son likes to call the windmill that he sees a big fan which I think is very funny.

I think that people really need to do what they can to reduce their carbon footprint and produce as much alternative energy as possible. Governments will usually give a pretty nice rebate for purchasing alternative energy equipment. I am going to invest in a pretty large windmill for my home since I am out in the country. It looks like I should get a pretty big rebate to offset some of the cost.