With dirty resources like coal, oil and gas quickly diminishing because of human use and the fact that they are ruining the Earth, we are facing the decision to turn to other forms of energy. Luckily, there are a multitude of corporations, start-ups, and even regular individuals who are all committed to the development of renewable energy technologies and alternative energy in order to create a more sustainable future. The benefits of renewable energy are far and wide and some sources have been coming to the forefront of the renewable energy industry.
Solar, wind and hydroelectric power are all renewable energy sources that are currently in use around the world to decrease the use of dirty resources. They are cleaner and infinitely more sustainable than the limited traditional resources that we’ve become so used to. Solar energy, in particular, has become somewhat of the go-to renewable for both businesses and residential houses alike. This is no surprise. Solar power is successful because sunlight is free and always available and its technology is quite flexible to meet many different needs. However, it is not the only renewable making large strides in the industry. Many are consistently investing their time and money in the power of the wind.
Wind energy actually got its start centuries ago with windmills. Today, we have wind turbines which are a more modern version of windmills. Most wind turbines have 2 or 3 blades that rotate when wind passes through them. This, in turn, rotates a generator that produces electricity, which is sent to a substation which then can be sent into the grid to power houses and businesses. Wind farms generate a great deal of noise, so they must be placed in areas that are far enough away from homes to not cause a disturbance.
There has been speculation as to whether or not wind energy would be beneficial in residential areas. Among the benefits include self-sufficiency and a cut on harmful carbon emissions. However, residents may be on the fence because of the sound from wind turbines and the overall look of them. Installation of these wind turbines would be costly as well, ranging from $10,000 to $70,000 depending on the size of your home and your energy needs. More efficient and less expensive technology would have to be developed in order for residents to truly want to take on wind power systems in their home. However, bigger corporations and bigger farms all over the world exist to provide energy on a larger scale.
Floating wind farms have become a popular form for wind energy. In Scotland and Hawaii, wind turbines have been built on floating structures in the ocean to conserve space. China has installed so many wind turbines that they have estimated that they can eliminate most if not all of the carbon burning power plants in the near future. Alberta’s wind energy accounts for about 22 percent of total energy production, according to Atco Gas Edmonton, and are planning to invest billions of dollars more into the renewable energy sector.
Big names are also recognizing the worth of wind energy. Recently, Bill Gates has started the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a multi-billion dollar initiative to fund clean energy and much of this funding will go to supporting wind energy. This initiative includes Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, and Alibaba CEO Jack Ma. These are just a few of the 30 high-profile business professionals who are a part of this new initiative that will greatly move the wind energy industry forward.
The Power of Wind has a goal to enable America to get 35 percent of its total electricity from wind power by 2050. Their goal is positive and is helping to bring many different companies and individuals together towards a common goal. In this day and age, it’s important to be aware of how valuable wind energy can potentially be in our journey to eliminate dirty resources that are detrimental to our ecosystem.