In this Article I will talk about Wind Turbines, how they generate Electricity and how they can help us to produce over 60% of Electricity at home.
Wind Turbines are mechanical devices which converts Kinetic Energy of the wind into Mechanical Energy which is then converted into Electrical Energy (Electricity) using a generator. Because of its simple operation, wind turbines are used to produce Electricity on Mega Watts scale and are called as Wind Power Plants.
There has been a huge research and development of Wind Turbines. Nowadays wind turbines are manufactured having vertical and horizontal axis. Wind Power Plants which generates megawatts of power daily big turbines to produce and utilize the complete power of wind. They may have hundreds of Turbines working to fulfill the energy demand of nearby city.
Wind Power as we know, is renewable, clean, available everywhere, green, produce zero greenhouse gases and thus it is considered an Alternate to Fossil Fuels. All these advantages of wind power have boost the use of wind turbines for producing power on large scale and also on a residential level. This Clean Energy has benefited our grid and its ability to supply power to ever increasing load.
Surely by using Wind Power, we can reduce our dependency on Fossil fuels to provide Power and it also helps reducing Global Warming which is a very serious issue we are facing.
As stated, there are 2 Types of Wind Turbines which are classified on their axis of rotation (design).
- Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines.
The Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines have the Main Rotor shaft and the Electrical Generator (which is used to convert mechanical energy from the rotating turbines into Electrical energy) at the top of a tower, which is pointed in the direction of Wind. Large turbines needs a wind sensor and Servo motor while small turbines utilize a simple wind vane to get pointed in the direction of wind for maximum Energy production.
A tower is used to host the generating (rotating unit plus the generator).
Most of the turbines used for producing Electricity at power plants are usually 3 bladed and are pointed into the wind by using Computer controlled Motors (Servo Motors to produce Step rotation).
These types of Turbines are also used at home to produce Electricity. Usually the Residential wind turbines are smaller in size, require less space and easy to install.
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Below are some recommendations of Residential wind turbines.
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2. Vertical Axis Wind Turbines.
In Vertical axis wind turbines, the rotor shaft arrangement is in vertical position. The key advantage of this turbine design is non-requirement of servo motor or wind vane to point wind turbine in the direction of wind. This is the major advantage in places where the direction of wind is highly uncertain.
The Major disadvantage is lower efficiency due to its low rotational speed eventually having low power coefficient.
As wind turbines are very effective in producing Electricity, many people are using Residential Wind Turbines to Make Electricity at Home.
I suggest you to buy wind turbines from the above mentioned with suitable power rating matching your desired Electricity needs.
A proper installation guide is extremely important for installation of Wind turbines.
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