Wind energy has become one of the most widely used and popular sources of renewable energy throughout the world. The space of Wind Energy has been steadily increasing over the past 5 years and rapid improvements have been made in the manufacturing of wind turbines. This efficiency has contributed in making wind power a cost effective alternative to conventional energy sources. More importantly, wind energy plays an essential role in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, helping us reduce the impact of global warming.
6 Interesting Facts About Wind Energy
Here are some interesting facts about wind energy that you should know.
1. Potential offshore wind turbines have the efficiency to produce four times more electricity than the US electrical grid can sustain. This makes offshore wind energy a valuable solution for densely populated coastal cities.
2. China produces the most wind energy in the world and has the world’s largest onshore wind farm with a capacity of 7,965 megawatt (MW). With its’ extensive land mass and long coastline, China has outstanding wind power resources and is projected to have 1200 gigawatt (GW) of combined wind and solar capacity by 2030.
3. Offshore wind power is roughly 7 times more efficient than wind farms on land. The energy needs of many countries could easily be met if major investment in offshore wind energy was encouraged.
4. It has been estimated that wind energy could successfully reduce carbon emissions worldwide by 70% by 2050, reducing the detrimental impact climate change has on the world.
5. Wind power can bring along a positive economic benefit, especially in more rural areas, by creating more jobs and increased wealth. This could be especially beneficial for underdeveloped nations.
6. Wind energy is mostly harnessed by wind turbines. The average size of onshore turbines being manufactured today is around 2.5-3 MW, with blades of about 50 meters in length. These blades are spun by the wind which transfers motion to a shaft connected to a generator which produces electricity.
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