7 Incredible Wind Power Facts
The state of the environment combined with international affairs has many folks rushing to find a renewable source of energy that will make them less reliant on foreign countries, or even their local utility company, for energy. One source of renewable energy that is gaining a lot of attention is wind power. Wind power is popular for good reason. It is in abundant supply, and it creates zero pollution. When you also acknowledge the fact that the residents of the earth use more than 400 quadrillion BTUs of energy each year, the need for a clean, renewable source of energy becomes quite clear.
Wind power is not a new idea. It has been used to mill grains and power ships for hundreds of years, and has even been used to create electricity since the 1930s. In recent years, attempts are growing to bring wind power to a larger audience and make it a viable option for energy production through wind turbines. Here are 7 incredible wind power facts that may surprise you.
- Wind power represented 1.9% of the electricity produced in 2009. That may not sound like much, but it represents a growth of more than 31% from the previous year. That is a faster growth than any other form of renewable energy. Wind could potentially hold the key to large scale renewable energy production.
- Wind power has been around since 5000 BC. Wind was first used to power sails for boats. It was basic, but it set up the foundation to use wind to power windmills, which also had sails. The first windmills were used to mill grain and pump water.
- Creating just 1 MW of wind energy reduces the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the air by 2,600 tons. And only 1 MW of wind energy can power up to 400 homes, all without releasing any carbon dioxide. There’s the water savings to consider, too; 1 MW of wind energy saves 1,293 million gallons of water.
- Research shows that wind farms are not a danger to birds. One of the main concerns about wind farms is that the blades of the turbine could endanger birds, but a study concluded that wind farms have not had a significant impact on bird populations.
- Wind power is solar power. When the sun heats the earth, there are variations in temperature. These temperature variations cause irregularities in air pressure, which causes wind.
- Between 2000 and 2006, the worldwide production of wind power quadrupled. Even while economies across the world have faced serious struggles, the wind power industry has boomed. The current production of wind power across the world is capable of providing energy to more than 250 million people.
- Wind has the potential to supply much more than the worldwide demand for electricity. A study was performed at Harvard University in 2009. This study determined that a network of wind turbines (performing at a mere 20% capacity) could meet the worldwide demand for electricity – 40 times.
Clearly, there is huge potential in wind energy. Wind energy is a source of renewable energy which has been in use for thousands of years and has provided a clean, reliable base of energy. It is growing exponentially in both use and popularity because it can drastically reduce the damage that is being done to the environment while providing inexpensive, clean energy to meet worldwide demand.