What is Wind Power ?

A device for converting wind power to mechanical rotation with a low velocity turbine designed for compressible fluids (air). It is a device for producing renewable energy in the form of electric power and is a component of one of the newest forms of power plant to be put into operation.

How is Wind Power Harnessed ?

A wind Turbine is made of large propellors that are turned with the power of the wind often made from graphite due to its light weight and durability. Often you will find many hundred on a wind farm used to drive a generator to make electricity.

Where is Wind Power used ?

There are wind farms all over the world some in the USA stretch for miles and can be slightly eirie to look at , there are now a number of wind farms in the UK, and although they do help to reduce the use of carbon fossel fuel some conservationists are not happy due to the loss of natural habitats for wildlife.

How many wind turbines in the UK and current output ?

There are currently 1125 wind turbines in the UK producing 772.4 Megawatts which is enough to power 440,000 homes this is about 0.5% of total electricity in the UK. The current growth is in offshore wind farms as this will not use the land mass required.

Why have wind farms not increased to the level we would expect ?

To run efficient wind farms you need large areas of land with a steady wind flow , and in the UK due to the cost of land and pressure from the other areas of the economy they have not taken off as quickly , but in areas of the

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