How to Generate Wind Power

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Wind power is generated by erecting a large tower equipped with propellers that spin when the wind pushes the blades, which are connected to an electric generator. Learn how wind power can be used to generate electricity with information from the executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Practice in this free video on green energy.

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When power is generated through a variety of means, the most traditional device is to erect a large tower that has a propeller like structure that is connected to a generator, so that as the wind pushes the blades in the air much like a dutch wind mill would do on a landscape, it allows the rotating of the shaft connected to the propeller which is connected to an electric generator to generate electricity as it spins, that power is transmitted through a wiring in the tower to a transmission line, which transmits the electric power to a home or to a business. There are also other ways that wind power can be used in a variety of locations, for example, to generate electricity for- through small turbines on the tops of buildings for outdoor lighting, for traffic lighting, for water pumps that move water in storm water measurement systems from one structure to another or one function to another. Wind power also can be used and generated in a variety of applications related to transportation, where wind power might even provide some individual electronic function. As a truck, for example, moves down the highway and generates wind, that power through a wind of ice located on that vehicle can be transmitted to store power in batteries, that could help that vehicle be much more energy efficient instead of using gasoline in hybrid transportation technology for example.


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