All about Wind Power
The power of turbines and windmills. (Photo Credits)
Wind Power is one alternative source of electricity that is further gaining ground. Electrical Association
In fact in Denmark it produces more than what is needed by the country, as reported by The Guardian. “So much power was produced by Denmark’s windfarms on Thursday that the country was able to meet its domestic electricity demand and export power to Norway, Germany and Sweden. On an unusually windy day, Denmark found itself producing 116% of its national electricity needs from wind turbines yesterday evening. By 3am on Friday, when electricity demand dropped, that figure had risen to 140%. Interconnectors allowed 80% of the power surplus to be shared equally between Germany and Norway, which can store it in hydropower systems for use later. Sweden took the remaining fifth of excess power.”
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Bladeless Wind Turbine
Grist.Org meantime featured a futuristic Wind Turbine that is even more efficient in generating wind power. Electrician
“What do you get if you take the blades off a wind turbine? A better wind turbine. That sounds like a joke, but that’s actually more or less the model of a new wind turbine prototype. Instead of blades that turn in the breeze, the turbine is just a hollow straw that sticks up 40 feet from the ground and vibrates like a guitar string when the wind thrums by. The Spanish engineers who founded Vortex Bladeless in 2010 said they were inspired by the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster.”
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A Nigerian Engineer meantime converted a vehicle into a combination of wind and solar powered vehicle. Minds.com shared, the engineer may have wanted to take a respite from his gas-guzzling volkswagen beetle.
“While Segun Oyeyiola was a student at Obagemi Awolowo University, he converted his gas-guzzling Volkswagen into a fossil-fuel free machine by installing a giant solar panel on top and a wind turbine under the hood. The idea is that it becomes ‘Nigeria’s future car.’ At inception, the battery took 4-5 hours to charge, which was not ideal. The biggest challenges, according to Oyeyiola, was finding the best materials to use, and the people telling him he was wasting his time.”
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