Showing posts from February, 2010

The Race To Harness The Wind

Wind power is currently one of the fastest-growing renewable energy sources worldwide, even though it only provides less than 1% of global energy consumption.
Wind power is produced by using wind generators to harness the kinetic energy of wind.
It's even catching on here in U.S.!
Wind power has made sweeping changes to the small town of Sweetwater, Texas. The ever increasing number of wind farms have not only provided more job opportunities, but better-paying jobs. Nolan County, Texas is the number one wind market in America, currently producing over 2,500 megawatts of power- enough to provide electricity for up to 750,000 homes. The giant turbines dotting the landscape of the wind-rich plains of Sweetwater are definitely a sight to see, as most are over 200 feet tall. One turbine generates 1 megawatt of power.
As modern wind technology continues to evolve, there are many challenges that must be overcome. Installing the 200+ feet tall turbines is an expensive and enormous …