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Free Advice On Wind Energy

Updated on August 22, 2015

Now that I've got your complete attention, you'll find that they literally cover the horizon. They are beginning to pop up just about everywhere around us, and these massive structures tower up high into the distant horizon. I've seen them in magazines, on television, and now I've seen these giants of wonder in person. I started to get curious about them, so I decided to do a little research on the subject. In return I figured why not go ahead and share what I've learned in a hub with all of you fine people.

By now just about everyone in the world has seen a windmill, and if not then just simply take a little drive through the countryside, and you are sooner or later going to spot them in the horizon. Until then you can check out some of these photographs that I've taken. They are really a marvel to look up at, and watch while they are in motion.

Windmills are by no means something new to mankind. They have been around for a very very long time on this planet. Some of the earliest traces of windmills go all the way back to Babylonian times in the 17th century BC. They were found in Persia about 500 - 900 A.D.. The windmill was also known to be used in 1st century Greece, and 4th century Tibet and China.

Earlier windmills harnessed the free wind, and converted it into mechanical energy for grinding grain, pumping water, and milling lumber. Still today in Texas, and other western states windmills are used on remote pastures for pumping drinking water for livestock to drink.

Today windmills are known as wind turbines, and convert the mechanical energy from their spinning blades into 60 cycle AC electricity. Some of the larger wind turbines stand twenty stories high, and can produce enough electricity to power 1,400 homes. Wind turbines are a great supplement for fossil fuels, and a whole lot safer to use than that of nuclear power. Wind energy is really the way to go for those of us who wish to keep this planet green for future generations, and free wind energy can meet all of our electrical needs as well.

Today's aerodynamically designed wind turbines have come a long way from earlier windmills, back when the blades were made of wood or bundles of reeds.

Today's wind turbines are built on top of tall strong tubular steel towers to capture the most energy. There's either two or three large blades, which look very much like airplane wings. The blades are connected through a shaft to an electrical generator, which in turn produces electricity.

Wind turbines start operating at wind speeds of eight to sixteen mile per hour, but automatically shut off at speeds above 65 miles per hour to protect against overheating.

There are places around where you can see wind turbines grouped together on wind farms, literally filling up the horizon from a long distance away. From time to time you'll also see on the highways, a super long tractor trailer hauling one of these gigantic blades down the road with pilot cars. It's really quite a treat seeing either of these for the very first time. For most all of us this is rather new information, and hopefully after reading this hub, you might have learned something new from all of this while getting some free advice too.

In this photograph they are just finishing up on the erection and construction of a windmill.
In this photograph they are just finishing up on the erection and construction of a windmill.

Do you think that one day your home might be powered completely off of wind energy?

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    • Terrielynn1 profile image

      Terrie Lynn 

      18 months ago from Canada

      Great hub. I am in Canada and not far from me is one of the longest run of wind turbines in the country. It runs along the mountain range. It's also already being used to power business and homes. You do need a large amount of property though. The noise in the yard is horrible, up close. A very interesting read.

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      Daphne D. Lewis 

      3 years ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

      These windmills and turbines have always fascinated me, and I've stopped more than once to take photos of them. As I was driving across Kansas several weeks ago, two different trucks on the other side of the interstate were each transporting a blade for one of these turbines. I've seen turbines under construction before but had never witnessed any of the transport before. Thumbs up to wind power!! A great hub!!

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for an awesome article! Here's to Green Energy!

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      Christy Maria 

      3 years ago

      Very interesting article! I have always been interested in wind power energy because of its great use for conserving the environment. You have provided great facts on wind power, great job!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Here in New Zealand about 75% of our electricity is from renewable sources. It is the sensible way of the future

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      3 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      A third of the energy used on the Big Island of Hawaii, where I live, comes from a wind farm at South Point. As a child, I was fascinated by windmills, and would love to use one for my own place. I'd also like to supplement it with solar energy and thermal energy (my own hot spring). I know where I can theoretically do that; in Alturas, CA. Retiring and buying property there is an entirely different matter...

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      3 years ago

      I think it was the late 1960s when I lived in West Texas, we discovered an oilfield where the oil was being pumped by windmills. I wonder if it is still there? My last trip out west showed that these windmill "farms" had multiplied exponentially. It is a great thing, but laws are going to have to be changed before we can say that our homes may be powered by wind generation. The laws now protect the oil and gas industry and also nuclear power to the extent that our renewable resources are being ignored or outlawed.

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      Iftikhar ul Sami 

      3 years ago from Pakistan

      Hi TheHolyStory,

      Its really very interesting hub. Modern aerodynamically designed wind turbines have proved their usability in present times and better alternate to other means of power productions.

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      3 years ago from Parsons, West Virginia

      Yes Exawatt Altena I took all of these photographs, and the power created by the windmills is transferred by underground wires to where ever it is needed.

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      Exawatt Altena 

      3 years ago from Melbourne

      Did you take a photo of one of the turbines? How and where do the cables (wires) run from the large structures. From the pictures you took, I do not see any houses nearby so probably I will never get one of these to power a house I live in or near me.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I live in NE PA and we have them too. Some people don't like them but I do. They are on top of a smaller mountain in our area.

      Thanks for the information.


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      R. Anderson 

      3 years ago from Sunny California USA

      Interesting hub! I live about 20-30 mins outside of a huge wind farm here in the Bay Area of California. I know CA has a lot of windmills in certain areas where the wind is stronger. The only issue I can see with wind farms in an area like mine is that they usually require a large piece of land, which in the bay area is becoming more and more rare. Great article!

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      Diane Ziomek 

      3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I have seen these massive structures in person as well. In our area the local college has a smaller one, as well as solar panels at their Environmental Sciences "farm".

      As for your poll question: I would like to build a home that uses both wind and solar energy. In our area depending solely on the wind would not be feasible, as we have some calm days.


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