“A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache. “- Catherine the Great
Man has successfully exploited the ‘headache’ caused by the wind. By man’s own ‘imagination’, nature’s gift to man has become more than a blessing.
Wind is a form of solar energy. Winds are caused by the heating of the rotation of the Earth ,atmosphere by the sun, , and the Earth’s unique surface irregularities.
1. The Wind is a renewable energy resource.
Wind energy is absolutely free and its capture is efficient with modern technology. Wind energy is completely free unlike some other energy sources.
2. Wind energy is Eco-friendly
Wind energy is a clean fuel source – zero carbon emission. It doesn’t pollute the environment like fossil fuel power plants. Atmospheric emissions that cause health problems or create acid rain or greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide or methane are not emitted from its exploitation. Noise and visual pollution are both environmental factors, but they don’t have a negative effect on the earth and the quality of the air we breathe.
3. Wind energy does not require water.
Wind energy has uses zero water litres per kWh. Nuclear, coal, or gas-fired power plants make of use water for cooling. Water is becoming a scarce resource all over the country.
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4. Wind power is a low-operational cost energy technology.
Even without government subsidies, wind power is a low-cost fuel in many areas of the country. The initial installation of wind power technologies requires high capital investment. Once the wind turbine is up and running, the operational costs will drop significantly. Routine maintenance will be required to ensure the turbines are operating seamlessly.
5. Wind energy is space efficient.
Wind turbines can be built on existing farms or ranches. The best of wind sites are in rural areas. This doesn’t deprive the farmers and ranchers as only a fraction of their acreage is used. Rather Farmers and ranchers can continue to work and even receive rent payment from wind turbine owners. Wind farms have a Small land footprint. Although they can tower high above the site, their impact on the land at the base is small.
6. Wind Energy creates jobs.
Wind energy development projects bring jobs. Related jobs include technicians, structural engineers, meteorologists, surveyors, bankers, and assembly workers. Statistically, wind energy brings about more jobs than coal plants and nuclear plants.
7. Wind Energy Increases Energy Security
Wind energy is an answer to the ever increasing demand for fossil fuel products. Development of wind energy has greatly reduced over-exploitation of fossil fuel.
8. Wind energy has a massive potential.
The massive potential of wind energy is amazing. The global potential of wind energy is more than 400 terawatts. Wind resources are ubiquitous can be harvested anywhere.
9. Wind energy Facilitates rural development
Since wind turbines are mostly installed in rural areas and farmlands, neighboring towns get electricity, and economic activities spring up including start-up and agro -allied businesses.
10. Modern wind turbines have an Aesthetic value
Wind turbines of the modern era are classy and attractive. They no longer look like old plain clunky windmills that were an eyesore.
11. Wind energy allows for both domestic and Industrial Installations
Wind turbines are available in a range of sizes which means they are available to people and businesses. They aren’t limited to industrial-scale installations. They can also be installed on a domestic scale. Domestic wind turbines are nowadays coupled with other renewable energy technologies such as geothermal heating systems or solar panels.
I wrote this as a result of a request I got from a user Quora
SAMUEL ONIMPA ALFRED