The general rule of thumb in Australia is ‘don’t rely on wind as your power source unless you can see the sea’. While wind is an excellent back-up to your existing solar power system or to create energy for pumping water or similar.
Wind is a much more effective power alternative in the cooler Northern Hemisphere countries, while solar is a more sure-fire solution for Australia.
Talk to our expert team about your location and situation and we will come and advise you about the best energy solution for your budget and environment.
is the conversion of wind energy into useful form, such as electricity, using wind turbines.
At the end of 2006, worldwide capacity of wind-powered generators was 73.9 gigawatts; although it currently produces just over 1% of world-wide electricity use, it accounts for approximately 20% of electricity production in Denmark, 9% in Spain, and 7% in Germany. Globally, wind power generation more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2006.
Most modern wind power is generated in the form of electricity by converting the rotation of turbine blades into electrical current by means of an electrical generator. In windmills
(a much older technology), wind energy is used to turn mechanical machinery to do physical work, such as crushing grain or pumping water. Wind power is used in large scale wind farms for national electrical grids as well as in small individual turbines for providing electricity to rural residences or grid-isolated locations.Wind energy is renewable, widely distributed, clean, and reduces toxic atmospheric and greenhouse gas emissions if used to replace fossil-fuel-derived electricity.
The intermittency of wind seldom creates problems when using wind power at low to moderate penetration levels – enough power for lights, radio, etc depending on the average wind speed. Good for telecommunications and scientific equipment.