Advantages Of Wind Power

Steven asks…

What are the advantages of wind power?

Any strong arguments of it saving our planet?

Windmill Farms answers:

Heres one advantage:

It’s a good time to be in the green energy business. Consumers fed up with high prices for gas and other traditional energy sources are embracing it. At the same time, development is being supported by federal tax incentives and state mandates to bolster use of alternative power.

Although wind energy still accounts for only 1 percent of the country’s energy consumption, industry advocates believe that with enough government and industry support that could grow as high as 20 percent by 2030, putting it on par with the nation’s use of nuclear power and natural gas, respectively.

Getting there will take a lot more than the 50,000 people the American Wind Energy Association estimates currently work in the wind energy business. Across the country, fledgling training programs such as the one at Columbia Gorge Community College are producing 200 wind energy technicians a year, according to the American Wind Energy Association. But to reach that 20 percent goal, the industry will need 1,000 to 2,000 new technicians annually, says Christine Real de Azua, a spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C., trade group.

Community colleges are a good choice for training workers for a new industry because that’s what they’re chartered to do, say Columbia Gorge’s Wolff and other college administrators.

Susan asks…

what are the advantages of wind power?

i am doing a progect at school and need some info

Windmill Farms answers:

Currently the main advantage of wind power compared to other renewable sources is that it is cheaper to construct and easier to scale. The output from large wind farms far exceeds the output from large solar plants, for instance, and the cost of installation is far lower.

Wind suffers from various disadvantages which may ultimately make it a less desirable choice for power generation. Wind is highly unpredictable, and output can vary drastically over 15 minutes. Wind also tends to “peak” at the wrong time of the day, meaning that the time it generates the most power is usually in the morning, where as the time when most people use electricity is highest in the afternoon and evening. Finally, wind farms take up a tremendous amount of space for the amount of electricity they generate which ultimately raises the cost.

Sandy asks…

Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of wind power and geothermal power?

Please help! I need an answer by the end of the month!! Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of wind power and geothermal power. Please and thank you.

Windmill Farms answers:

ADVANTAGES OF WIND POWER:

1. The wind is free and with modern technology it can be captured efficiently.
2. Once the wind turbine is built the energy it produces does not cause green house gases or other pollutants.
3. Although wind turbines can be very tall each takes up only a small plot of land. This means that the land below can still be used. This is especially the case in agricultural areas as farming can still continue.
4. Many people find wind farms an interesting feature of the landscape.
5. Remote areas that are not connected to the electricity power grid can use wind turbines to produce their own supply.
6. Wind turbines have a role to play in both the developed and third world.
7. Wind turbines are available in a range of sizes which means a vast range of people and businesses can use them. Single households to small towns and villages can make good use of range of wind turbines available today.

DISADVANTAGES OF WIND POWER:
1. The strength of the wind is not constant and it varies from zero to storm force. This means that wind turbines do not produce the same amount of electricity all the time. There will be times when they produce no electricity at all.
2. Many people feel that the countryside should be left untouched, without these large structures being built. The landscape should left in its natural form for everyone to enjoy.
3. Wind turbines are noisy. Each one can generate the same level of noise as a family car travelling at 70 mph.
4. Many people see large wind turbines as unsightly structures and not pleasant or interesting to look at. They disfigure the countryside and are generally ugly.
5. When wind turbines are being manufactured some pollution is produced. Therefore wind power does produce some pollution.
6. Large wind farms are needed to provide entire communities with enough electricity. For example, the largest single turbine available today can only provide enough electricity for 475 homes, when running at full capacity. How many would be needed for a town of 100 000 people?

Advantages of Geothermal Energy
1) It is a renewable source of energy.
2) By far, it is non-polluting and environment friendly.
3) There is no wastage or generation of by-products.
4) Geothermal energy can be used directly. In ancient times, people used this source of energy for heating homes, cooking, etc.
5) Maintenance cost of geothermal power plants is very less.
6) Geothermal power plants don’t occupy too much space and thus help in protecting natural environment.
7) Unlike solar energy, it is not dependent on the weather conditions.

Disadvantages of Geothermal Energy
1) Only few sites have the potential of Geothermal Energy.
2) Most of the sites, where geothermal energy is produced, are far from markets or cities, where it needs to be consumed.
3) Total generation potential of this source is too small.
4) There is always a danger of eruption of volcano.
5) Installation cost of steam power plant is very high.
6) There is no guarantee that the amount of energy which is produced will justify the capital expenditure and operations costs.
7) It may release some harmful, poisonous gases that can escape through the holes drilled during construction.

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Donna asks…

What are the advantages of wind power?

What are the disadvantages?

Windmill Farms answers:

Advantage – renewable resource

dis – noisy, can be large, need large amount of space, may not look attractive

Robert asks…

what are some limitations of wind power?

benefits

Windmill Farms answers:

ADVANTAGES:

1. The wind is free and with modern technology it can be captured efficiently.
2. Once the wind turbine is built the energy it produces does not cause green house gases or other pollutants.
3. Although wind turbines can be very tall each takes up only a small plot of land. This means that the land below can still be used. This is especially the case in agricultural areas as farming can still continue.
4. Many people find wind farms an interesting feature of the landscape.
5. Remote areas that are not connected to the electricity power grid can use wind turbines to produce their own supply.
6. Wind turbines have a role to play in both the developed and third world.
7. Wind turbines are available in a range of sizes which means a vast range of people and businesses can use them. Single households to small towns and villages can make good use of range of wind turbines available today.

DISADVANTAGES:

1. The strength of the wind is not constant and it varies from zero to storm force. This means that wind turbines do not produce the same amount of electricity all the time. There will be times when they produce no electricity at all.
2. Many people feel that the countryside should be left untouched, without these large structures being built. The landscape should left in its natural form for everyone to enjoy.
3. Wind turbines are noisy. Each one can generate the same level of noise as a family car travelling at 70 mph.
4. Many people see large wind turbines as unsightly structures and not pleasant or interesting to look at. They disfigure the countryside and are generally ugly.
5. When wind turbines are being manufactured some pollution is produced. Therefore wind power does produce some pollution.
6. Large wind farms are needed to provide entire communities with enough electricity. For example, the largest single turbine available today can only provide enough electricity for 475 homes, when running at full capacity. How many would be needed for a town of 100 000 people?

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