Wind Energy Jobs

Michael asks…

Wind energy brings 50 jobs?

how would you feel if Wind energy brings 50 jobs to the city where you live.
what ir your opinion about it ?

Windmill Farms answers:

Clean renewable energy is something we should all desire for our communities. Is wind the best solution for everybody? Not necessarily, but it is one of many for sure. Perhaps you are in a part of the world that has direct sunlight with few days of cloud cover but little to modest wind and no access to running bodies of water or volcanic geysers nearby… Then I would say go solar! As for my specific location… Wind is and has been used in the Southern California area (near and on the way to Palm Springs) for quite some time now. I personally don’t understand why every technology that makes sense for a particular geography and climate is not pursued more earnestly. As for jobs, people will need to install, maintain, service, and administrate the infrastructure that goes along with it all- so I do believe that some jobs would be created. Remember though… Unless the current energy providers are retrained to also compete in that market, they may eventually be out of work also… What would be the net result I wonder?

Sandra asks…

Wind energy brings 50 jobs?

how would you feel if Wind energy brings 50 jobs to the city where you live.
what ir your opinion about it ?

Windmill Farms answers:

Bringing new jobs into the local area is usually a good thing.
The attached article mentions exactly what you are asking —- the article is about a wind turbine parts manufacturer bring 50 new jobs to the Huntington Beach/ Orange County, CA area.

Wind energy is great if it can be generated competively. There are some inherent drawbacks to windpower, one being that it is not dependable, and not predictable. So the economics of it has some issues. Because of this, wind energy is limited to specific “high wind” areas of the country.

Http://economy.ocregister.com/2010/10/08/wind-energy-brings-50-jobs-to-o-c/41954/

Mark asks…

what are some jobs that wind energy can provide?

im doing a project on wind energy what are some jobs that involve wind energy
please help i’ve been looking all over the internet and cant seem to find anything

Windmill Farms answers:

Build wind farms, maintain them, build power lines to get the power to factories and people. Design efficient wind turbines and wind turbines for specific locations with unusual topography. Manufacture wind turbines. Study sites to put wind turbines for steady high velocity winds. Buy and sell real estate (land) for the wind farms. Sell liabiliity insurance in case of accidents or class action suits. Lobby legislatures for favorable treatment of the companies involved in creating renewable energy.

Or do you mean what jobs can wind energy perform?

We used windmills for pumping water on farms for decades. Now we are generating electricity and sending it out over power lines for business, industrial, and residential use. That means everything that gets plugged into an electrical outlet can run on energy = electricity created by wind farms.

Carol asks…

Oil and Gas vs Wind Energy Industry Jobs?

Based on experience could someone tell me what industry is best to work for an Oil and Gas Company or Wind Energy Company?

Employee benefits?

Bonuses?

Paid time off?

Insurance who covers more?

Any other comments would be appreciated it.

Thanks in advanced,

Windmill Farms answers:

Benefits: Oil
Bonuses: Oil
Paid Time off: Oil
Insurance coverage: Oil

All oil, the number one wind energy company (in the past) or at least still top 5 is BP.

Sandy asks…

How is wind energy going to create jobs?

Not including the green jobs the free market has already taken into account.
Wind energy costs 25% more than coal. In essence our energy productivity will go down by 25%.
Whenever has productivity going down created jobs?
Do not give me the foreign oil, the only time foreign oil is used in energy production is for peeker plants. Wind can not replace that.
As an engineer I like the idea of power and all kinds of power. Also as an engineer I can not see a more expensive means creating jobs.
The 25% more espensive is from my Mechanical ENgineering hand book.
One coal generator vs. about 10,000 for wind for the same power.
where to begin.
I am an engineer.
We wast more energy at night than we currently or probale ever will get from wind.
If you borrow money to put in a plant, the building of the plant is a net zero jobs. As jobs are eliminated from other areas as you pay that back.
Wind will take jobs away from other industries, raise your monthly rate, taking jobs away from other areas.
I never said I was against wind (although we should focus on storage first) I just asked how it would create jobs.
We can still make coal and Nuclear cheaper as well. It was not that long ago the guy designed the new hopper (funny shaped) that prevented cloggs.
Thunder B,
I have evidence from several engineering manual. The link ou produced neglects the energy wasted due to the fact the wind does not blow.
If wind was cheaper it would go in under private investment. And T BOONE pickens would not need money to get it going.
qris,
Productivity decreasing does not create jobs. It may increase the job for that industry, but that means it must cost more and decrease jobs elsewhere. If you it takes a plumber 2X as long as one, you will be out more on plumbing and less on other things.

Windmill Farms answers:

It won’t. And people tend to forget that even if it does create jobs, it is only offsetting the other industry jobs lost as a result. (remember his intent to bankrupt coal industry?)

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Renewable Energy Group Inc

David asks…

Does anybody know of any alternative energy companies that offer stock?

or where to find out.

Windmill Farms answers:

GE electrifies the world by providing reliable, efficient products and services for the energy industry. We help businesses and authorities that generate, transmit or use electricity. We work in all areas of the energy industry including coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy, as well as with renewable resources such as water and wind energy.

Http://www.gepower.com/home/index.htm

Americas Wind Energy Corporation (AWNE.OB) manufacturing and marketing of medium sized (500 – 1,000 megawatt (MW)) wind turbines for the North American market.

Babcock & Brown Wind Partners (BBWPF.PK) An Australian based specialized investment fund focused on the wind energy generation sector

Gamesa Corp. (GCTAF.PK) 18% of the world’s share of the wind turbine market. Based in Spain.

Kore Holdings (KORH.PK) A power provider and marketer of alternative energy from wind farms, hydro and distributed power facilities.

McKenzie Bay International Ltd. (MKBY.OB) Develops wind powered alternative energy systems.

Mass Megawatts Wind Power Inc. (MMGW.OB) Develops prototype wind energy production equipment.

NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. (NKW.V TSX Venture Exchange) Wind energy developer in the Haida Energy Field off the coast of British Columbia since 2001.

Scottish Power plc (SPI) A leading developer and operator of renewable energy in both the UK and the US. It is one of the largest providers of wind energy in the US.

Shear Wind Inc. (SWX.V Canadian Venture Exchange )Provider of wind-generated energy in Atlantic Canada.

Sea Breeze Power Corp. (SBX.V Canadian Venture Exchange ) Developer of large-scale windfarms and underwater electricity transmission lines in British Columbia.

Tower Tech Holdings Inc. (TWRT.OB) Involved in the engineering, manufacture, and sale of wind turbine extension towers and monopiles to the wind energy industry

Vector Wind Energy Inc. (VWE.V Canadian Venture Exchange ) developer of wind energy projects in Canada.

Vestas Wind Systems (VWSYF.PK) 34% of the world’s share of the wind turbine market. Based in Denmark.

U.S. Wind Farming (USWF.PK) The federal court in Chicago entered a Final Judgment as to U.S. Wind Farming on October 20, 2006.

Western Wind Energy (WNDEF.PK) Produces clean renewable electrical energy from over 500 wind turbine generators located in Tehachapi and San Gorgonio Pass (Palm Springs), California.

Most of your stock brokers or online brokers will help you to invest. Here is a is of brokers that Yahoo came up with:

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Daniel asks…

Stocks or Mutual funds that are….?

into wind energy. I want to buy something in wind energy. Anybody have any good companies?

Windmill Farms answers:

* Americas Wind Energy Corporation (AWNE.OB) manufacturing and marketing of medium sized (500 – 1,000 megawatt (MW)) wind turbines for the North American market.
* Babcock & Brown Wind Partners (BBWPF.PK) An Australian based specialized investment fund focused on the wind energy generation sector
* Gamesa Corp. (GCTAF.PK) 18% of the world’s share of the wind turbine market. Based in Spain.
* Kore Holdings (KORH.PK) A power provider and marketer of alternative energy from wind farms, hydro and distributed power facilities.
* McKenzie Bay International Ltd. (MKBY.OB) Develops wind powered alternative energy systems.
* Mass Megawatts Wind Power Inc. (MMGW.OB) Develops prototype wind energy production equipment.
* NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. (NKW.V TSX Venture Exchange) Wind energy developer in the Haida Energy Field off the coast of British Columbia since 2001.
* Scottish Power plc (SPI) A leading developer and operator of renewable energy in both the UK and the US. It is one of the largest providers of wind energy in the US.
* Shear Wind Inc. (SWX.V Canadian Venture Exchange )Provider of wind-generated energy in Atlantic Canada.
* Sea Breeze Power Corp. (SBX.V Canadian Venture Exchange ) Developer of large-scale windfarms and underwater electricity transmission lines in British Columbia.
* Tower Tech Holdings Inc. (TWRT.OB) Involved in the engineering, manufacture, and sale of wind turbine extension towers and monopiles to the wind energy industry
* Vector Wind Energy Inc. (VWE.V Canadian Venture Exchange ) developer of wind energy projects in Canada.
* Vestas Wind Systems (VWSYF.PK) 34% of the world’s share of the wind turbine market. Based in Denmark.
* U.S. Wind Farming (USWF.PK) The federal court in Chicago entered a Final Judgment as to U.S. Wind Farming on October 20, 2006.
* Western Wind Energy (WNDEF.PK) Produces clean renewable electrical energy from over 500 wind turbine generators located in Tehachapi and San Gorgonio Pass (Palm Springs), California.

Here is an etf, exchange traded fund, PBW which invests in ALL of the following:
Here are the constituents of the WilderHill Clean Energy Index, with a brief description of each company, as of April 1st 2006. The index is the basis for the PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio ETF (PBW).

Renewable Energy Harvesting – 27% sector weight (10 stocks @2.7% each)

Distributed Energy, (DESC). Part solar, wind; mainly in DG, some H2: an integrator.
Emcore, (EMKR). Solar, 27% ultra-efficient PV cells, also makes LED products.
Evergreen (ESLR). Unique string-ribbon solar PV with efficient silicon-use.
Kyocera, (KYO). Solar PV, integrated manufacturer is doubling production.
MEMC, (WFR). Producer of the polysilicon needed in many crystalline solar PV cells.
Ormat, (ORA). Geothermal, works as well in recovered energy, biofuels.
SunPower, (SPWR). Solar, Efficient PV panels with all-rear-contact cells.
Cypress, (CY). (Parent firm of SPWR above, and owns the major block of their stock).
SunTech Power, (STP). Solar, fast-growing and major producer of PV is based in China.
Zoltek, (ZOLT). Wind, makes carbon fiber for wind blades and product ‘lightening’.

Power Delivery and Conservation – 26% sector weight (10 stocks @2.6% each)

American Superconductor, (AMSC). Superconductors, ‘no’-resistance 2G HTS wire.
American Power Conversion, (APCC). UPS, makes firm-power systems.
Cree, (CREE). LEDs, makes efficient lights, power-saving electronics.
Echelon, (ELON). Networking, for management of whole energy systems.
International Rectifier, (IRF). Efficiency-enabling electronics producer.
Itron, (ITRI). Monitoring, designs energy measurement and management systems.
Magnetek, (MAG). Makes solar inverters, wind power converters, power controllers.
Power Integration, (POWI). Energy savings, enables power conservation in IC chips.
SuperPower / Intermagnetics, (IMGC). Superconductors, and power transmission.
UQM Technologies, (UQM). Hybrid vehicle electrics; motor & power systems.

Energy Conversion – 18% sector weight (7 stocks @2.57% each)

Ballard Power, (BLDP). Mid-size fuel cells, makes mainly PEM FCs.
Capstone Turbines, (CPST). Micro-turbines 30-60 kW, may be flexible-fueled.
FuelCell Energy, (FCEL). Large fuel cells as stationary high-temp. Flex-fuel MCFCs.
Hydrogenics, (HYGS). Fuel cells and testing gear, H2 electrolysis, regenerative FCs.
Medis, (MDTL). Micro fuel cells, designed for liquid-fuels and a unique electrolyte.
Mechanical Technology, (MKTY). Small fuel cells, may compete with Li-Ion batteries.
Plug Power, (PLUG). Mid-sized fuel cells for distributed generation, home power.

Energy Storage – 16% sector weight (6 stocks @2.66% each)

Active Power, (ACPW). Flywheel power storage, a firm power alternative to batteries.
Energy Conversion Devices, (ENER). Very diversified: in batteries, solar PV, also H2 FCs.
Impco, (IMCO). Gaseous fuels, a manufacturer and integrator for cleaner-fuel vehicles.
Maxwell, (MXWL). Ultracapacitors, a battery alternative such as for hybrid vehicles.
Quantum Fuel, (QTWW). Hydrogen gas storage systems for cleaner-fuel vehicles.
Ultralife Batteries, (ULBI). Batteries, advanced lithium ion, polymer rechargeable.

Cleaner Fuels – 9% sector weight (5 stocks @1.8% each)

Air Products & Chemicals, (APD). Hydrogen, a supplier of many industrial gases.
BOC Group, (BOX). Hydrogen, a supplier of many industrial gases.
MGP, (MGPI). Biofuels, ethanol and fuel alcohol.
Pacific Ethanol, (PEIX). Aims to be a leading biofuels producer for Western U.S.
Praxair, (PX). Hydrogen, a supplier of many industrial gases.

Greener Utilities – 4% sector weight (2 stocks @2.0% each)

Idacorp, (IDA). Hydroelectric, Utility, mainly hydro; also some fuel cell research.
PPM Energy / Scottish Power, (SPI). Wind, Utility, PPM is growing wind power.

Source: PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio home page.

James asks…

Is Barack Obama the Bernie Madoff of “Green Energy”?

Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($43 million)*
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.2 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
Abound Solar ($400 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
GreenVolts ($500,000)
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($39 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*
Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

*bankrupt
All others near bankruptcy

Windmill Farms answers:

No. The Energy Department has funded over 1,300 companies in the renewable energy sector.

China has devoted many billions of dollars to developing green energy and is beating us in this area.

Helen asks…

Why is there never any mention on television of geothermal electricity production?

I now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has done the Homework on this, It works it is clean, you could make money selling it, so whats the problem?

Windmill Farms answers:

WESTINGHOUSE / CBS INC.
Westinghouse Electric Company, part of the Nuclear Utilities Business Group of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL)
GENERAL ELECTRIC –(donated 1.1 million to GW Bush for his 2000 election campaign)

Television Holdings:
* NBC: includes 13 stations, 28% of US households.
* NBC Network News: The Today Show, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, NBC News at Sunrise.
* CNBC business television; MSNBC 24-hour cable and Internet news service (co-owned by NBC and Microsoft); Court TV (co-owned with Time Warner), Bravo (50%), A&E (25%), History Channel (25%).
The “MS” in MSNBC
means microsoft
The same Microsoft that donated 2.4 million to get GW bush elected.

Other Holdings:
* GE Consumer Electronics.
* GE Power Systems: produces turbines for nuclear reactors and power plants.
* GE Plastics: produces military hardware and nuclear power equipment.
* GE Transportation Systems: runs diesel and electric trains.
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Gates Wants Nuclear Power Plant

Donald asks…

Is it worth it to use taxpayer money on green energy companies?

The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
Solyndra ($535 million)*
Beacon Power ($69 million)*
AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
SunPower ($1.5 billion)
First Solar ($1.46 billion)
Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
Amonix ($5.9 million)
National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
Abound Solar ($374 million)*
A123 Systems ($279 million)*
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
Johnson Controls ($299 million)
Schneider Electric ($86 million)
Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
ECOtality ($126.2 million)
Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
Range Fuels ($80 million)*
Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
UniSolar ($100 million)*
Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
GreenVolts ($500,000)
Vestas ($50 million)
LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
Navistar ($10 million)
Satcon ($3 million)*

*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/10/18/president-obamas-taxpayer-backed-green-energy-failures/

Windmill Farms answers:

Absolutely NOT! A capital business should not be getting a handout from taxpayers. Anything administered by government has been cut in efficiency from the start by regulation and middle-man skimming. If a company needs start-up funds, it should get it from private investors who assume the risk themselves. Surely, private investors will claim any profits from a successful capital venture, but with a government funded company? They keep the profits, and they run with the money when the venture appears to be unprofitable, leaving junk in their wake. It is piracy on the high seas, ‘cept they don’t use swords and ships anymore.

Just about any new technology or method can be profitable, but where the risk is reduced by government seed-money, projects are funded and built without considering all factors. Foundations are weak, supply sources fail, market is undermined perhaps by the very forces created by their own emerging business. Every business needs to go through a period of development fire that purges floss and corruption.

By its own nature, government has no business in capital ventures. It’s like giving the jail keys to the prisoners.

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Carol asks…

What should i do for a display of solar and wind powered energy?

im doing a senior project i’ve done the paper and now i need to do a display that im going to judged on by my teachers and the community. My topic that im doing is the benefits and drawbacks of solar and wind powered energy. i need an idea on how to display my topic. if you have an idea please help me!!!!!

Windmill Farms answers:

Found the following YouTube lecture from Arosa Solar Energy Demonstration Lakewood Cheder at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut0988zeA-M you might take some ideas what to say and what not to say.

I see some FAQs in regards of Solar energy at http://www.arosaenergy.com/faq.html that might help you with your lecture.

Daniel asks…

What was the first country to have wind power energy sourse?

i have to do this stupid project on energy sources and i chose wind power!

Windmill Farms answers:

Probably medieval holland. They built windmills to drive pumps to drain and maintain water levels; as much of holland has a high water table.

Linda asks…

what disadvantages does wind power of energy has?

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Windmill Farms answers:

The giant turbines.

Leather and Jeans has a very good answer!! Thumbs up =)

David asks…

Describe all of the renewable energy alternatives: wind power, solar energy, and biomass fermentation?

o What are some challenges with using and managing wind power, solar energy, and biomass fermentation as alternative renewable
energy resources?
o Name at least one other renewable energy resource.
o Include a response to the following: Nonrenewable energy resources include coal,
oil, and natural gas. Describe three common challenges with managing
nonrenewable energy resources.

Windmill Farms answers:

Okay, I don’t think anyone’s taken this seriously yet, so…

How about, hydro-electric, geothermal steam, wind turbines, augmentative passive solar, such as water heating and daylighting (somwhat different then solar lighting, or skylighting, although skylights count.) Also let’s not forget rain harvesting, and gray-water usage.these save water, and energy from a treatment, billing, delivery standpoint.

Now that I asnwered the name other part: challenges, what happens when there is no sun/wind/water-flowing, if you have all of these, it won’t happen that often, but when it does, are batteries a practical solution? Won’t they eventually wind up in land-fill off-gasing? If you only use one or two of the 3 majors, what about when any of those aren’t available? Availability is still a big concern, hopefully that will be the next stock-market bubble and drive a massive influx of green-products.

The common challenges with non-renewables, rather than starting from an environmental standpoint, how about we start with what they’re called. NON-RENEWABLE, eventually we will run out. It’s theorized that we’ve found all oil on earth, and will start a downward turn on production by somtime in 2008 or 2009. Aside from that, there’s the obvious global warming issues.

O hope this helps some.

Charles asks…

How is the energy wind power generated?

How is the energy wind power generated?

Windmill Farms answers:

Just like Thomas Edison did it. Moving coils going through magnetic fields. OR moving magnets going through coils. The windmills usually travel slowly so there is a transmission that speeds up the shaft speed.
There are many different generating scemes but all involve systems that put 60 cycle power (most at 3 phase) back into the power lines. There are systems that shut down the windmills and face them correctly when the wind speed exceeds the design speeds for the turbines.

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Betty asks…

i am desperate of science help!!?

1-. what is the difference between renewable source of energy and fossil fuels? Give some examples of both.

2-.Why are fossil fuels such a dirty source of energy? Give at least 3 reasons.

PLZ PEOPLE I REALLY NEED HELP WITH THIS PLZ PLZ PLZ THANK U

Windmill Farms answers:

A renewable source of energy is one that can be replenished (ultimately by the sun) in a reasonably short period of time.

Renewable energy sources include sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies include solar power, wind power, hydroelectricity/micro hydro, biomass and biofuels.

Fossil fuels on the other hand are the fossilized remains of plant matter that is long, long, long dead. They are not going to be replenished on any meaningful time scale. Examples include coal and oil.

Fossil fuels are burned to obtain energy and if this is not done properly, soot, particulate and chemical contaminants are released into the atmosphere. The extractive industries can make a big mess of the immediate environment. Between extractions and emission, fossil fuels have a bad reputation and that is why they are said to be “dirty”. However, they CAN be burned cleanly with the right equipment.

It is also the case that biomass and biofuels can be burned in a dirty fashion. They are not as dirty as coal but are no more inherently clean that oil.

Ken asks…

What is the future with energy? When will we switch to another source? What will we switch to?

How much longer are we going to rely on oil?

Windmill Farms answers:

Right now, with oil market value increasing, coal rapidly disappearing, and most of the world’s consumable resources dying, it seems impossible to continue with this lifestyle. Not to mention the enormous environmental deficiencies related to it.

One of the more closer-to-reality futures involved nuclear fission power. The breaking of an atom can be successfully controlled and the energy efficiency is somewhere around 17%, as compared to the 0.01% efficiency of other power sources. It is environmentally clean provided we all run them without problems. The only problem is that Uranium could possibly run out, but that is a long time later. Another problem is the radioactive waste, which shouldn’t be a real problem if we run it correctly.

People have considered using hydroelectric, solar, geothermal, and wind powers to energize our lives. This is highly unrealistic. Hydroelectric power plants uses water features to turn the turbines (like in dams), solar uses the sun’s heat and UV rays to turn the turbines, geothermal uses the Earth’s heat to turn the turbines, and wind power obviously has the blowing wind turn the turbines (effective only in windy areas). The technology is right now advanced enough to make this happen, but right now they are extremely energy-inefficient, which makes their environmental friendliness and their status as a renewable resource shrink. They are so ineffective, that we would have to cover all of Texas and five more small states to power America. Wind mills are so ineffective that I won’t even start with them.

Closer to the future would be fusion power. Similar to nuclear power, fusion power would have the same pros and cons. The only difference is that fusion power is still in experimental stage–and its efficiency is two to three times that of fission nuclear energy.

Very far in the future, say a century or two or more, we may use antimatter energy. It is a renewable resource with no dangerous radiation, no environmental effects, and a 100% efficiency. But it is so far in the future that I tend to ignore it. However, I believe that some antimatter is currently in production–in tiny, micro amounts. To make you realize its power, one gram of antimatter can energize all of New York City for a week or so.

Several other sources for power, small scale, are also present. Although they can’t be used to power the world, they certainly can power our cars and other mini engines. Solar power is realistically minimized enough to be stuck on a vehicle. Electric car technology has already arrived–the business concept, however, is not working so well. Even oils from plants and easily created products are available (but still have emissions, although less, than most oils). But the most famous energy concept is “fuel cell”.

Fuel cell engines fuse hydrogen and oxygen (H and O) to form H20 and a lot of energy. It is far more efficient than gas, and it is renewable, it doesn’t need gas stations (what with all the air in the world, containing hydrogen and oxygen), and it is the most realistic at this point.

As for when we will switch to another source, for cars, I believe it is within the next two decades–or even in one decade. It will be from gas to fuel cell, or electricity.

As for world power providers–that will be far in the future.

Laura asks…

is there any evidence or facts that the government has turned down bills to propose global warming awareness?

or alternative fuel research?
please cite (but if you can’t, that’s fine say whatever you have to say)
and please don’t cite wiki pedia but if you have to that’s ok.
i’m trying to find info that would make the government look bad for there being global warming basically

Windmill Farms answers:

Solar and Wind:
For these to be economically viable, 2 way meters (net meters) need to be allowed by the utility companies so that the generated power can be sold to the grid http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=FL19R&re=1&ee=1
rather than stored in expensive and inefficient batteries. Http://howsolarworks.1bog.org/solar-batteries-and-backup-systems/
Utilities do not allow this unless required. 4 states do not yet mandate this allowance(Alabama, Mississippi, South Dakota and Tennessee): http://howsolarworks.1bog.org/net-metering/
Micro Hydro:
Were it not for environmental regulations, this clean source of energy would experience a boom in the USA. Http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2010/ph240/potter2/
California rejects wave power plants. Http://bluelivingideas.com/2009/12/08/15-megawatts-wave-power-coming-oregon/
OTEC research defunded http://www.offinf.com/what_happened.htm
No Funding for Cold Fusion http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cen-v067n029.p008

Charles asks…

Global Warming, Dimming, EMP? We are so doomed, right?

If our poor planet is clobbered by an ElectroMagnetic Pulse (whether man-made or sun-made), then most electronic micro-devices get fried, right? And so fossil fuel combustion plummets, right? Therefore, global dimming due to air pollution ceases, right? And so the earth warms up even more, right? And even though we stop burning fossil fuels, the excess carbon dioxide of the last 100 years persists, and will continue to cause more global warming, right? Fun stuff, right? NOT!

Windmill Farms answers:

If a catastrophic EMP were to happen, most fossil fueled power plants could be jury rigged to be operated manually. An EMP would be a setback in the fight against global warming, because the manufacture of solar and wind power equipment is dependent of high tech and nuclear power plant could not operate safely on manual control. However, I do not know if there is any scientific basis to believe that such an EMP could happen without nuclear explosions.

Chris asks…

How can we,a small company from Romania/Timisoara,to promote the “green”energy/alternate energy?

Details about our Company:
S.C.BALKANHYDROENERGY was established to produce and distribute power by making use of renewable energy sources:hydro sources and wind sources.
HYDRO energy:mounting,rehabilitation,modernization of micro-hydro plants with Pe smaller than 10MWe,projects completed as turn-key projects.
WIND energy:mounting of wind plants in locations with wind potential from Banat.
SERVICES:identification of locations with power potential,aquiring of authorizations from the authorities,coordination of conducting feasability studies and technical projects,identification of financing sources and securing financing,monitoring construction site works with authorized staff,commisioning,maintenance,guarantees of services.
4 CORE PROJECTS:
Rehabilitation of a 3×0,4 MWe microhydro plant in Timisoara
Mounting of a 650 KWe microhydroplant in County of Caras-Severin.
Mounting of a 400 KWe and 250 KWe microhydro plants in County of Valcea.

Windmill Farms answers:

First of all, this is a cute spam, but very destructive.
Are you sure you want your company name in this context?
If I were your shareholder I would be very upset.
Anyway, try a strong partner and a good PR company.

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Vertical Wind Power Generators

Susan asks…

does anyone know anything about wind tribunes?

I heard there are some concern about wind turbines and their potential effect in redirecting winds that then remove humidity laden air from the earth’s surface mixing it with dryer air and essentially creating plant stress.

well what I am asking is what are the concerns for the wind tribunes? and what are they?

Windmill Farms answers:

First, none of that bad stuff would happen. I guarantee it. Anyone who tells you otherwise is saying to because they are completely misinformed, or they have a political agenda.

Have you seen pictures of windmills in Holland? Those are the medieval versions of a wind turbine – except they take up a lot more room, they’re wildly inefficient… And of course, they don’t generate electricity. But, if you wanted to, it would take just a magnet and a loop of copper wire to make them light up a few Dutch clog dancers.

Modern wind turbines look like enormous airplane propellers on very tall, thin, metal sands (just one vertical post is all it takes). The “propellers” can be up to 120 feet across! Some people are designing them even larger. However, even though they look like airplane propellers, they are very different.

An airplane propeller faces any direction that the plane wants to go, then uses an engine to make the blades spin, which grab the air in front of the propeller, and propels the air (hence the name) backwards, which, through the law of “equal and opposite reactions” make the aircraft move forward (or up, or down, whatever).

The propellers on a wind turbine are actually sails, very similar to the sails that you might see on a racing yacht. So unlike the airplane propeller-engine, the wind turbine catches the wind that is blowing on it, and the sails are forced to spin. When the sails spin, it uses a electrical turbine generator to spin a loop of copper wire inside a magnetic field, which creates electricity (simplified explanation). This turbine activity is exactly the same as hydroelectric power, coal-fired power, and even nuclear power. The difference is that it uses clean wind, wind that will never go away (so completely sustainable/renewable), to drive its turbine, instead of the polluting resources that make those other turbines spin. The only “pollution” comes from people who wouldn’t want to look at a standing sail-turbine tower, and if get close enough, you will hear a very low-pitched “whoosh” each time a sail’s tip goes past you (this noise won’t travel much farther than 30 feet away, so only real complainers will see it as a problem).

They cannot redirect winds; they aren’t blowing, they’re catching. It’s not a desk fan, and it’s almost the complete opposite of a prop plane. They physically can’t have any effect on humidity, or surface mixing, or anything that would hurt plants, animals, or people. The effect of using a wind turbine is less than the effect of a child blowing on a large toy pinwheel. Even when you put them together in groups of “wind farms” to generate electricity for a large city (you don’t need a very large area to generate plenty of electricity for a large city), it is impossible for them to change the wind patterns.

Now, if you want to get REALLY technical, yes, the law of conservation of energy demands that if you’re converting straight-line wind energy into sail-turbine rotational (then electrical) energy, you will be removing energy from the system. However, it is such a small amount of transformed/removed energy that it is essentially a complete zero net effect. There is a HUGE mass of energy in a regular stiff breeze. A wind farm won’t change it enough that a daisy would even begin to think about noticing so much as a tickle on a single petal.

Finally – I’ve heard people say that wind farms/turbines will kill birds. Honestly, I have to laugh at that. As I’ve said, it’s the wind blowing the sails, not the other way around. They can’t spin any faster than the wind allows. Their motion is quite slow, but because of the efficiency of the turbine, it’s a lot of power. If there’s a bird so stupid that he couldn’t manage to get out of the way, then I’m going to chalk that up to natural selection and taking an idiot bird out of the gene pool.

Sharon asks…

WIND GENERATOR….FISHER & PAYKEL ?

I’m wishing to build a wind generator to charge a small battery bank for domestic lighting (& maybe one or two appliances) using the SMART MOTOR from a F isher & Paykel washing machine… i’ve surfed a few sites re this build but am wondering which model would be the best for my purpose… one with the 1.0 mm wire or the 0.8 mm or the 0.6 mm wire…. the articles also discuss “DECLOGGING”….what is the easiest way to “declog” and what is actually involved in that process… i live in ADELAIDE.. South Australia… our wind speeds vary between 0knots up to 30 knots… average between 5 knots and 15 knots…i intend to build a vertical axis mill with a height of about 15 – 20 feet using either galv. sheet or plastic buckets for the blades… any good suggestions or links will be greatly appreciated… thanks… phil…
” J ” …. good one mate ..all info greatly appreciated… thank you…

Windmill Farms answers:

If you are constructing an axial flux mill, the larger the wire diameter- the more current the winding can handle. With a trade off in limited spaces to a lower voltage due to fewer windings being possible, which means higher RPM must be achieved to attain the voltage output of the design you copy.

Http://scoraigwind.com/

http://www.scoraigwind.com/

If you are planning on a VAWT, do a simple search for “Darius Rotor” or Savonious Rotor or Savonios Rotor or Savonius Rotor. Another style is similar to the Pac Wind/We power units I forget at the moment their correct name.

Forget plastic for any home constructed blade. It will break and will travel far- potentially with lethal results. If you are within the city limits of Adelaide, they may have ordinances against windmills.

A steel fuel barrel or oil barrel, even stacked- might be a good choice for you.

You might also wish to spend some time looking through the projects at this site- http://www.builditsolar.com

For some of the electric aspects, http://altenciruits.wordpress.com/ or http://altencircuits.wordpress.com/

Donald asks…

Wind generated DC currant to AC?

I have a vertical wind generator that produces 130 volts 10 amps at 4500 rpm (about 15 mph wind). I want to connect this to the grid where can I get an inverter to do this?

Windmill Farms answers:

Power companies are very picky (justifiably) in what they allow to connect to their power grid. So you need an inverter that has their approval. And a special power meter that runs backwards.

However, all the inverters I’ve seen operate from 12, 24 or 48 volts DC. Can you rewire your generator to supply a lower voltage?

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David asks…

What are some companies that build wind turbines?

Name all the companies that you can think of that put together and install wind turbines.

Also, bonus points if you can name a few companies that manufacture the indivdual components.

Components like:
* generator
* tower
* blades
* gearbox
* power electronics / control system

Windmill Farms answers:

AAER Systems (Canada)
Acciona Energy (Spain)
Aerostar Wind Turbines (USA)
AN Windenergie (Germany) – bought by Siemens in 2005, now Siemens Wind Power GmbH
A.Ayvazian & Associates (Iran)
Bard Engineering (Germany)
Bergey (USA)
Bonus Energy (Denmark), now Siemens – bought by Siemens in 2004
Clipper Windpower (USA)
Conenergy now Powerwind (Germany/USA)
DeWind (Germany)
Dragonfly Industries Inc (USA)
Emergya Wind Technologies (EWT) (Netherlands)
Ecotècnia (Spain)
Enercon (Germany)
Entegrity Wind Systems (Canada)
Eozen (Spain)
Fuhrländer (Germany)
Gamesa Eólica (Spain)
General Electric (USA)
Goldwind (China)
Harakosan (Netherlands, Japan)
Heartland energy solutions (USA)
HelixWind (USA)
Impsa (Argentina)
Jacobs, now Wind turbine industries (USA)
Lagerwey (Netherlands)
Leitwind (Italy)
Kenersys (India)
Kestrel Wind Turbines (South Africa)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan)
Multibrid GmbH (Germany)
MTorres (Spain)
NEG Micon, now part of Vestas
Neo-Aerodynamic (USA)
Nordex (Germany)
Norwin (Denmark)
Nordic Windpower (USA)
PacWind (USA)
Proven Energy Wind Turbines (UK – Global supplier of 2.5kW, 6kW & 15kW)
REpower (Germany) – bought by Suzlon in 2007
Scanwind (Norway)
Siemens (Denmark / Germany)
Sinovel (China – PRC)
Southwest Windpower (USA)
SRC Vertical (Russia)
Suzlon (India)
TMA
Turbowinds
Unison (Korea)
Vensys (Germany)
Vestas (Denmark), the world’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines
Vergnet (France)
WES Canada (Canada/US)
Windflow (New Zealand)
WinWinD (Finland)

Maria asks…

wind generator/electric motor that can generate up to 15 Kw?

where can I get a cheap reliable electric motor to connect to a wind turbine that will generate 15 (or more) kilowatts with average 40 mile an hour winds.
and I need 2 that get 5Kw going about 2-10 mile an hour (this one will be pushed by water).

Windmill Farms answers:

It seems, but is far from clear, that you’re asking 2 questions.
If you want good answers, your questions should be quite clear, and contain as much info as possible.

Most electric motors can not be used as generators.
Assuming you could find such a motor, it would probably be, at minimum, a 25hp motor.
(15kw translates to about 22 1/2 hp.)

When you see electric generators, you don’t see them turning at 1,800 RPM.
In a power house, they typically turn somewhat less than 200 RPM.
But a 25 horse motor is going to want to go 1700 RPM or so.
You’ve read that generators can be used to push water back up hill, so you’re thinking that all motors can do that.
They cannot.
Virtually all the motors you’ve seen are induction motors.
Induction motors cannot be used as generators.
If you want a generator, you’ll have to get one.
If you want a wind generator, you’ll have to calculate the size of the windmill you’ll need, based on the average wind speed where you want to use it.
I might suggest that if you’re asking such questions here, it’s unlikely that you’ll be willing to spend the time and money that is actually required to build such.

As for “pushed by water”, what’s the volume of water, and the vertical drop?
That’s what’s used to calculate the amount of energy you can get out of a water based generator.

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Is Wind Power Green Pros And Cons

Ruth asks…

what are some pros and cons of wind power?

the renewable resource

Windmill Farms answers:

Pros – renewable energy source, no greenhouse gases. Good for remote areas where wind is abundant.

Cons – not reliable – takes a lot of land area to duplicate the same power output of steam plants (nuclear, coal, natural gas…). Hard on bird populations, reliability of the actual generators not well known yet as most new designs have not been operating very long. Power transport also a problem – it takes a significant amount of transmission line to get power from windmills to the grid. Fabrication techniques and materials may not be all that ‘green’ – some of the higher tech stuff like carbon composites are not eco-friendly..

Michael asks…

what are the requirements for wind energy?

plz give the answer in detail as i want it for project work
whoever gives me the answer within 2 hours or 3 hours will be chosen as best answer and other answers will be rated and i mean it.
PLEASE HELP ME BY GIVING THE ANSWERS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Windmill Farms answers:

Pros vs. Cons of Wind Power

The use of wind turbines for the generation of green electricity is often an emotive subject and there are persuasive arguments for and against the proliferation of this form of renewable energy generation.

Http://www.cus.net/renewableenergy/subcats/wind/wind.html

http://environment.about.com/od/renewableenergy/a/wind_power.htm

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/indepth_coverage/science/wind_power/landseawindfarms.html

Ken asks…

U.S. Nuclear power – more pros and some cons?

Location to residential areas: They could be built on the same location to replace conventional coal and oil power plants. Nuclear plants don’t not pollute the local air.
Terrorist attack: Unlikely- they were designed during the cold war to withstand nuclear missile attacks.
Nuclear waste disposal: U.S. has plenty of unpopulated areas for this. Not the greatest solution, but better than having Florida underwater in a few hundred years due to global warming.
Electromagnetic radiation: no more that current elctric power plants.

Solar and wind energy are not feasable since neither would provide suffieceint power to heat your home and drive your car. With Nulcear both would go electric.

Windmill Farms answers:

Let me preface this with I LOVE green generation and promote it.

However, I power up 20% of Virginia from nuclear powered generation. We operate as base load plants. That means we are always at 100% power. Why? Because even with the cost of all the regulatory required oversight, training and licensing, engineering and security measures; we are simply the Lowest cost producer of electricity in the industry. Yes, this includes the cost of storage for our waste fuel. One day the Federal government will make good on the promise of a final storage place and our cost per Mega Watt Hour will go down even further.
(P.S. There is no such thing as super heated water…its steam and we don’t release it, some places may evaporate a lot of water in cooling towers but it comes right back when it rains)

Recap:
Nuclear plants cost less to operate than fossil plants.
Nuclear plants cost less to build (per unit of electricity generated) than renewable sources of the same capacity such as solar or wind.
Nuclear plants can produce much larger amounts of generation in the same environmental area as a wind farm/solar plant.
Nuclear plants have higher capacity factors (more likely to be making electricity) than most other plants.
Nuclear plants do not affect the environment around them such as some hydro power networks.
Waste nuclear fuel storage has a smaller footprint than your trash, is less hazardous than your medical waste, and once in its final resting place can never be more dangerous than a big hunk of hot steel.

Joseph asks…

Does anyone have green mountain energy?pros and cons?

Windmill Farms answers:

We do. 100% of our electricity comes from wind farms. But, it’s pretty expensive.

I have no idea if our having Green Mountain was responsible for this or not, but last summer there were rolling blackouts. We were never affected while our neighbors (who are on TXU) did.

I just looked at our bill- they cannot promise that cleaner electricity goes directly to our home, but they add cleaner electricity to the grid on our behalf- the portion that comes from wind sources displaces power that’s generated from other plants.

We paid $.176/kWh last month.

William asks…

Power Plant question (Please Help!)?

I live in Maryland. Could you help me with these questions: I was mostly wondering what kind of power plant would be the most feasible in maryland. Perhaps Nuclear?
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What kind of power plant would be feasible to build?

Why?

What would be required for the power plant?

What are the pros and cons of such a power plant?

What kind of pollution would occur?

What would you have to convince your neighbors of?

Windmill Farms answers:

Well, while not green, the cheapest and most efficient power plant would probably be a coal power plant because of how close it is to large coal deposits. Nuclear would be dangerous because of the high population density and lack of uranium in the area, which would have to be imported. The pollution would be radioactive waste. A great option might be tidal power or offshore wind plants because of marylands large coastal area and large tidal fluctuations

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Advantages Of Wind Power

Maria asks…

what is advantages and disadvantage of wind power electrical generator?

Windmill Farms answers:

Advantages:
Emissions free as no fuel is burnt
Less fixed cost compared to thermal or hydro plant
Friendly to eco system and against global warming
Less noise pollution

Disadvantages:

can only be installed in areas with high winds
can only be installed with small power outputs compared to thermal or hydro power.
Depending on the wind and weather conditions
interrupted power production.

Steven asks…

what are the advantages and disadvantages of wind power?

give me 5 points each.

Windmill Farms answers:

Advantages:
-it is renewable
-it is ample
-it does not produce pollution
-the production of energy is cheap
-it is distributed widely

disadvantages:
-initial cost is high(installation)
-engine makes lots of noise
-it is non-dispatchable
-to produce lots of energy large number of wind mills to be set up.
-problems in geological factors

Chris asks…

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wind power?

Windmill Farms answers:

Advantages: the energy is already being expended, just needs harnessing. In some areas, it’s plenty of power. Plus pulling the grid plug is always a good thing.

Disadvantages: Unless you’re the guy in Australia that invented the drum turbine and are getting ready to sell it, the devices that harness wind are HUGE, and very expensive. The VAST majority of residential areas in suburbs through cities have ordinances banning outstructures, including turbines. Oh, and there’s the battery acid storage thing.

Carol asks…

What are the advantages/disadvantages of using wind power as an energy source?

Windmill Farms answers:

Advantages : The power they generate is basically free.

Disadvantages: They don’t work when it’s not windy.
They are large and generally unattractive
There needs to be several of them at a given site
to make a meaningful amount of power.

Betty asks…

Waht the Advantages and Disadvantages of xinmeiye Horizontal Marine Wind Turbine?

If you are considering generating electricity from wind power then you must know about advantages and disadvantages of it.

Windmill Farms answers:

Advantages of Wind Power
The use of wind power can reduce the greenhouse effect and global warming by reducing CO2 and other toxic gases. It is a renewable source of energy and there is no emission of pollution with it. Wind energy is absolutely free therefore the cost of this electricity is also very low. The turbines for wind power can take very little space and can provide more space for agricultural and environmental use. You can find turbines in different sizes. You can combine wind power with solar power as well in order to produce more electricity. It is a cost effective way of generating electricity with which you can produce lots of energy and you just need to install turbines in remote and mountainous areas.
Disadvantages of Wind Power
There are some disadvantages of wind power as well. You might not be sure about the exact production of electricity with wind power so it is unreliable. The wind turbines used to produce electricity can last not more than a year. These turbines can produce lots of noise. The wind exposure is also quite variable in many areas which are also a disadvantage. You can store wind energy only with the help of battery. There can be higher initial investment as compared to fossil fuel systems. You have to gather plenty of data about the speed, frequency and direction of wind and then place turbines according to this data. You might need to change these turbines with the change in direction of wind.

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Uses Of Wind Energy In Points

Joseph asks…

Wind Energy????

What are the good points about wind energy and what are the bad points of it????
Plz help its for a report due 2morrow!!!!?

Windmill Farms answers:

Ohh i done this like last week
and i had a sheet with it all
but we handed our books in

well bad points:
-it doesn’t work if the wind isn’t blowing,so isn’t that reliable
-so many need to be built to only make a small amount of energy,so wastes land.
-they are so big,they don’t look nice
-when new technology replaces them,the land that was used cannot come back when wind turbines are not used anymore.

Good points:
-doesn’t pollute the air
-uses natural wind power to generate energy.

Steven asks…

Wind Energy????

What are the good points about wind energy and what are the bad points of it???? Plz help its for a report due 2morrow!!!!! Thnx?

Windmill Farms answers:

Good > renewable , clean(no emissions), not as expensive as solar, works in the night (not solar) , could be put in the sea, used in old mills to grind grains , pays for itself as the price of energy increases.

Bad> noisy , takes up valuable good windy spaces , doesnt look to good , moving parts mean there will be some to stop working . Not all places get wind , not common, unreliable as permanent souce of energy (eg. No wind for two days), waste of space , kills animals eg. Birds. If to windy could be dangerous.

Michael asks…

How is energy from wind turbines stored for later use? (10 points)?

I need the information to do a science project – how is this electrical energy stored?
Edit: What are the waste byproducts of this form of energy?

Windmill Farms answers:

It’s funny you should ask because I was just researching the wind energy subject while looking at getting a job with a company that makes generators.
Generally I’ve found that it isn’t!
Wind power is usually expected to be supplimental to the power grid because you can’t depend on it 24/7. The only exceptions to this are remote areas where they have no power grid access and even then they usually have diesel generators too. I have seen small ones on sailing boats where I’m sure it just tops up their batteries.

Waste byproducts are zero or even negative. I say negative because in a lot of places the excess power is fed back into the power grid reducing the need for the other power stations to pollute as much.

In fact the only bad things I’ve heard are from those that think they are an eye sore, those that think they are noisy (which generally are not) and those that think birds will crash into them. It’s funny that they don’t complain about the glowing ones that nest at my local nuke generating plant tho ;o)

Betty asks…

Strongest points for and against using wind energy in the UK?

As in using wind turbines, how will it help the uk? Its for a geography assessment. thanks in adv.:)

Windmill Farms answers:

Hi, not researched this but worked a little around the industry

For

Its renewable energy in place of using a fossil fuel such as gas or coal
Public perception is that its less dangerous than using Nuclear (current events in Japan drive this a little)
The UK has lots of wind
It will mean that we meet our commitment to the EU of 20% of energy from renewable sources by 2020

Against

Its really expensive too install comparative to other renewable sources such as biomass, Solar etc.
A lot of it has too be offshore due to planning constraints
A lot of people don’t like the look of them (not me, I think their nice)
There isn’t enough wind to power the whole country
Large Scale Wind farms work but small scale (on your house sized ones) arent that great

Hope that gets you pointing in the right direction

Laura asks…

How is geothermal energy used? 10 points?

How is geothermal energy used? BEST ANSWER = 10 POINTS

Windmill Farms answers:

WHY we should use it
1: A Cleaner Form of Energy
2: Impact on the Local Environment
3: It’s Reliable
4: Hydrated but not Hydroelectric
5: It’s Got a Bright Future
6: GHPs are Money in the Bank
7: Geothermal Energy Has Many Uses
8: A Cleaner Power Plant
9: It’s Convenient
10: It’s Renewable
These why’s are all explained in detail at: 10 Reasons to Use Geothermal Energy

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-reasons-use-geothermal-energy.htm

HOW it works
Heat is sitting under the Earth — we just needs to tapped. It can be used in three ways:
1. ­Direct geothermal energy
- hot springs etc – hot water can be piped in directly to heat homes or office buildings – water is pumped through a heat exchanger, which transfers the heat from the water into the building’s heating system – used water is injected back down a well into the reservoir to be reheated and used again
2. Geothermal heat pump – water travels through a series of pipes (called a loop) under the ground or beneath the water of a pond or lake and then into a building (water temperatures a few feet below ground level remains a constant 50°-60°F – compressor and heat exchanger pull the heat from the pipes and send it by a duct system throughout the building – in summer when you need ‘air conditioning’ process is opposite – pipes draw heat away from the house and carry it to the ground or water outside, where it is absorbed
3. Geothermal power plant – hot water and steam from underground can be piped up through underground wells and used to generate electricity in a power plant – there’s 3 different types of geothermal power plants

http://www.darvill.clara.net/altenerg/geothermal.htm

USES
- water heating
- house central heating
- food processing
- electricity
- cooling your house
- quaculture
- horticulture
- Industry
- agriculture
- geothermal spas

Most places get their electricity from: hydro, solar, wind and now geothermal. Being renewable, the future for this energy source is endless.

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Wind Energy Companies

Daniel asks…

WHAT ARE A LIST OF WIND ENERGY COMPANIES?

Windmill Farms answers:

Commercial-scale:

AES Sea west–CA
Disgen–Colo
Eco Energy –IL WI, MN
Enxco–CA,France
FPL-FL
Global Winds –NY
Horizon Winds TX, WA, OR,CA,KS,NY,OK, ME,IL,MN
Momentum –OR
Navitas Energy –MN
PPM Energy –OR,TX

Small scale:
Abundant Renewable–OR
Bergey Windpower–OK
Porton Engery& Northern Power–??
Enertech–KS
Entegrity–CO,PECIA 3W2
Lorax –Germany,NY
Fuhrlander–UK, Denmark
Gaia Winds–UK
Proven Energy—Arz.
Wind Energy–Canada
Wind Turbine– MI
Windmatic–OR
Wind Ward–Utah

Joseph asks…

I need to analyze the opportunities and challenges that wind energy companies face in setting up wind farms?

I need to know the challenges especially faced in india

Windmill Farms answers:

The wind potential is more in Gujarat coast and in southern tip,near Cape Comorin. The land is a big problem. The soaring rates of land in these areas are astronomical. Secondly maintenance of wind mill is a problem. Skilled technicians and qualified engineers in this field is a handicap. Electricity Boards {Tamilnadu & Gujarat} are infected by corruption and many a time natural justice is denied to the investors. Lastly the inconsistency in wind force especially at Cape Comorin is a problem sometimes the expected wind energy is going beyond Normal.

Jenny asks…

analyze the opportunities and challenges that wind energy companies face in setting up wind farms in india’?

Windmill Farms answers:

Challenges are:-
1]wind farms need a vary large area for generating a significant amount of electricity.A single wind fan can only produce a small amount of electricty.
2]Wind farms are very expensive to set up.
3] THey can also be not set up in every area. It can be set in an area having average wind speed of 15km/hr.
IN IINDIA , wind enegy has been successfully in Tamil Nadu.

Paul asks…

The best U.S. wind energy company to invest in?

I been doing a little research on which U.S. wind energy companies to invest in but I want to see what you all have to say.

Windmill Farms answers:

I’m 16 and not totally on top of the specifics of the Wall Street private sector game…but I think it’s brilliant that you’re investing in wind energy companies. If more people invested in the fundamental development of infrastructure and science rather than in Wal-Mart and Google we might have a better world. Investing in ANY wind energy company is infinitely better than Exxon. Now is probably a good time to invest, oil prices have been on the decline so the teeming masses think the oil crisis is getting better…it’ll be good to own shares of WindCo. USA when oil catapults again. Don’t be discouraged if it seems alternative energy companies stocks are on the decline, again, it only mirrors the decline in oil/gas prices which will continue into the next presidency, which will probably be subsidized in order to win approval ratings, regardless of who wins…god I hate politics of the past.

And then whoever wins will invest federal money in the private sector for new energies…which will make the stocks go up as well as the market follows politics. Can you say..$$$?

But I digress, it isn’t about the money. Invest in wind! Vote for the person you think can invest federal aid in long term energy solutions that get us THE HELL AWAY from fossil fuel energy!

Best of wishes, and sincere thanks!

Lisa asks…

Wind energy?

Could someone give me a list of everything I would have to buy if I wanted to start generating power for my home using wind?

Windmill Farms answers:

This isn’t a full list but here’s a start:
1. Talk to your local government and find out if you can legally have wind turbines. If it’s legal, buy any necessary permits.
2. Find a electrician willing to work on the project
3. Find a company that sells the necessary kit.

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Renewable Energy Credits

Helen asks…

What are renewable energy certificates?

In the alternative investment market.

Windmill Farms answers:

1. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), also known as Green tags, Renewable Energy Credits, Renewable Electricity Certificates, or Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), are tradable, non-tangible energy commodities in the United States that represent proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource (renewable electricity). Solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) are RECs that are specifically generated by solar energy.

2. These certificates can be sold and traded or bartered, and the owner of the REC can claim to have purchased renewable energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Green Power Network, RECs represent the environmental attributes of the power produced from renewable energy projects and are sold separately from commodity electricity. While traditional carbon emissions trading programs use penalties and incentives to achieve established emissions targets, RECs simply incentivize carbon-neutral renewable energy by providing a production subsidy to electricity generated from renewable sources. It is important to understand that the energy associated with a REC is sold separately and is used by another party. The consumer of a REC receives only a certificate.

3. In states that have a REC program, a green energy provider (such as a wind farm) is credited with one REC for every 1,000 kWh or 1 MWh of electricity it produces (for reference, an average residential customer consumes about 800 kWh in a month). A certifying agency gives each REC a unique identification number to make sure it doesn’t get double-counted. The green energy is then fed into the electrical grid (by mandate), and the accompanying REC can then be sold on the open market.

4. For details, please read:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_Energy_Certificates

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Sharon asks…

What are Green Energy Credits?

For example: I noticed a Sun Chips commerical mentioned they had started running plants off solor energy and using the money they have saved to buy green energy credits. So what are they buying exactly?

Windmill Farms answers:

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), also known as Green tags, Renewable Energy Credits, or Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs), are tradable environmental commodities in the United States which represent proof that 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource.

These certificates can be sold and traded and the owner of the REC can claim to have purchased renewable energy. While traditional carbon emissions trading programs promote low-carbon technologies by increasing the cost of emitting carbon, RECs can incentivize carbon-neutral renewable energy by providing a production subsidy to electricity generated from renewable sources.

In states which have a REC program, a green energy provider (such as a wind farm) is credited with one REC for every 1,000 kWh or 1 MWh of electricity it produces (for reference, an average residential customer consumes about 800 kWh in a month). A certifying agency gives each REC a unique identification number to make sure it doesn’t get double-counted. The green energy is then fed into the electrical grid (by mandate), and the accompanying REC can then be sold on the open market.

Nancy asks…

Renewable energy federal tax credit and home ownership?

This is a rather complex issue I’m trying to work out. My goal is to take advantage of both the federal and state renewable energy incentives by purchasing a PV system for my parents home ~ (my legal inheritance), who live in PA where there is currently a generous state grant which stacks (fairly certain) with the Fed. tax credit. I currently work in NC where I’m renting an apartment.
I have no intention of touching real estate right now so buying my own place is out of the question.

This is the complication. To get the state grant, you must own a home in PA, so my solution is to have my folks deal with the solar installer and claim the grant. However, they do not make enough taxable income to benefit from the rather large 30% federal credit, so I would have to somehow take this credit on my own taxes, which would put the money back in my pocket in 1, maybe 2 fiscal years.

Problem is, the Federal credit requires you to be a homeowner (anywhere) in the United States to claim the residential tax credit. Would it be possible for my father to somehow add me to the house deed as a joint/family owner and enable me to claim the federal credit on my taxes? IRS form # 5695. I am very unfamiliar with how joint home ownership works, so I’d appreciate a knowledgeable answer.
In case it matters, my parents are both alive and legally married.

And anyone tax-savy enough to tell me 100% if joint-ownership would qualify me or not?

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/in_the_news/10475/pa_sunshine_solar_program/553019

http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=US37F&re=1&ee=1

This question will be a mute point after July 2010.

Windmill Farms answers:

” means an expenditure for property which uses solar energy to generate electricity for use in a dwelling unit located in the United States and used as a residence by the taxpayer.”

You don’t own the house. While you expect to inherit it someday, it’s NOT yours.
Even if your father adds you to the title, it’s still not your principal residence, it’s theirs.

The obvious complication is that you want a tax credit you are not entitled to. Your parents don’t need the tax credit (it only reduces taxes, it doesn’t create a refundable credit).

Laura asks…

how exactly does Green-e Certified Renewable Energy Credits work?

how exactly does someone save money by buying these certificates ? does this mean that someone who pays 300 a month on gas can just buy this certificate and then it will go down to $70 a month because you went green?

Windmill Farms answers:

I don’t think the certificates are designed to save you money. My utility company has a program called greeen energy that cost me about 1/2 of 1%, so about $10 in the summer. They will buy electricity from renewable/clean sources in the amount that the participants in the program use. This helps build the demand for renewable energy and fund new projects. Part of the program also helps with the rebates offered for homes and businesses to install solar systems.

I know you can buy credits to offset travel and a variety of other things, but again I don’t think they are designed to save money. It is a way for people who want to do their part to reduce carbon emissions to help fund programs that will help reduce CO2 in other ways.

Richard asks…

What Are Some Pros and Cons of Different Organizations that Assist With Purchasing Renewable Energy Credits?

There are two organizations that I have been considering: 1) LiveNeutral (www.liveneutral.org); and 2) Native Energy (www.nativeenergy.com).

Some issues that I am considering are: 1) non-profit vs. for-profit; 2) credits purchased from the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) vs. credits created from renewable energy sources; 3) “imaginary” market vs. real-world projects; and 4) managed by educational institution vs. managed by Native American organization. Please feel free to suggest additional criteria.

Also, if there is another organization that you think I should consider, please let me know, and please provide your reasoning for the suggestion.

Thanks!

Windmill Farms answers:

There is a table from the Dept. Of Energy that compares various vendors and their costs. See:

http://www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/markets/certificates.shtml?page=1

In effect, you are donating money to fund alternative energy sources (wind, solar, hydro, biogas) that subsequently feed into the nat’l power grid.

Since you are donating money, you might as well get a charitable deducation on your income taxes. The nativeenergy.com site won’t give a definitive answer on this question, but suggests you can do it.

So go with a group which is a charitable non-profit organization that clearly states donations are tax deductible. Look at your yearly electricity bills, multiply kilowatt hours by 2 cents and donate that much.

Unlike the carbon offset credits that are often nebulous and sometimes outright fraudulent, renewable energy credits (RECs) trace back to definite generating capacity that can be (and usually are) audited to make sure they are above board. (The US gov’t buys RECs, so any egregious fraud tends to get uncovered quickly.)

I think you are taking the right approach to renewable energy, and these projects will stand the test of time regardless of how the global warming issue pans out.

Despite all the bashing of the US, the graph at:

http://www.eea.europa.eu/pressroom/newsreleases/GHG2006-en

shows how the EU-25 don’t come close to meeting their Kyoto promises.

The non-Kyoto country, the US, in 2006 DECREASED CO2 emissions in by 1.4%.

I guess that signing Kyoto and then reneging somehow makes countries feel noble and good about themselves. But buying RECs that actually do something doesn’t count.

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