Wind Power and Energy: What you Should Know

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Learn more about wind power and see if it’s something for you.
Get more information about what wind power is,  if it is environmentally friendly and about wind power for you as a consumer.

What is wind power/energy?

Wind power means extracting energy from the wind. Wind occurs because pressure differentials give rise to air flows where air flows from high-pressure areas to low-pressure areas.

Man has been using wind power for a long time. At sea, sailing boats have long been produced with the force of the wind. On land, wind power was previously used mainly in windmills, for example, to grind flour. In recent decades, the technical development of wind power has progressed rapidly. The wind turbines have doubled in size approximately every four years since the mid-1980s.

Since the wind does not blow a lot right at the ground surface and increases with altitude, wind turbines must be relatively high in order to have an acceptable production. They must also have relatively large rotor blades to generate good production. Wind turbines that have a suitable location produce electricity about 80% of the time.

Is wind power completely environmentally friendly?

Wind power is renewable energy and production itself has no negative environmental impact. However, the argument that is often stated regarding the negative environmental impact of wind power is that wind turbines fill the environment and sound a lot. There are also some who claim that it can disrupt wildlife, especially birds that are reported to be disturbed and damaged by wind farms.

As in all discussions, there are arguments for and against both sides

Wind power for you as a consumer

As a consumer, there are several ways to choose wind power.

On the one hand, there are a number of electricity trading companies that either only sell wind-generated electricity or that they as an option offer wind-generated electricity. This is perhaps the “easiest” way for you as a consumer to choose wind power.

A more “direct” variant to obtain wind power is to buy shares in wind turbines. Then you yourself are involved in financing the construction of a wind turbine. You can then buy the electricity produced from this power plant.

Of course, you can also choose to produce your own wind power. However, this requires a lot of work and it is not easy to get permission. It also obviously requires that you live so that you have the opportunity to build work on your site.

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