Thursday, October 22, 2009

Would You Like To Use Wind To Power Your House?

By Bart Forcey

World leaders and environmentalists are singing the praises of the future of wind generated power. Countries around the globe are investing in new technologies and considering wind farms both on and off shore. The United States, Great Britain, and Australia are just three such countries committed to realizing the benefits of wind generated power.

Wind farms exist in rural areas across America. These are on shore wind farms and have been in use since the 1970's. Offshore wind farms mimic the same pattern of onshore wind farms on the ocean floor close to the coast. The limiting factor in offshore wind farms is the topography of the ocean floor. Shallow waters are required for financially feasible offshore wind farm. Onshore wind farms might be a better solution for areas with large plains and flat lands. Wind farms have stood in California's Central Valley for nearly 3 decades. California uses the power generated by its central valley wind farms to add to the state's supply of fossil fuels.

Great Britain plans to have the country powered by wind energy by 2020. This would be possible in major part to the topography of the ocean floor surrounding Great Britain. The floor is shelved and shallow making the cost of installing turbines manageable. The ideal spot for an offshore wind farm in the United States would be Cape Cod. The pacific coast of the United States is steep and treacherous making onshore wind farms a better option.

The lure to off shore wind power generation is in the force and consistency of ocean winds. Because the ocean generates such strong weather patterns it is believed that a higher percentage of power could be created from ocean winds opposed to land winds. Offshore wind power generation is not the only answer. A combination of on shore wind farms and solar will be needed to meet realistic power needs.

Wind power has the capacity to produce more than 100 billion kilowatt hours worldwide yearly. The main hindrance to this wind generated power technologies lies in the cost of the turbines. The rate at which the turbines pay themselves off however is faster than any other power producing mechanism.

Interest in wind power is global. Denmark, Australia, India and even Morocco already have wind farms generating portions of their countries power. Many experts in alternative fuels believe that wind power will be an excellent option for fostering independence in developing nations.

Funding for wind generating power projects come from a number of sources including, government, research groups, foundations and power companies. The outlook for wind farms is good in the United States. In a time of economic crisis it is estimated that government sponsored initiatives in alternative energy will produce jobs at a rate of 4.8 jobs for every mega watt of power installed.

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