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How Do Wind Turbines Work?
Wind Turbines turn wind energy into electricity using force and motion from the rotor blades. When the wind blows, the blades are forced round, driving a turbine that generates electricity and there only needs to be a wind speed of 3-5 meters per second for most wind turbines to begin spinning.
In simple terms, instead of using electricity to make wind (like a fan), the wind actually produces electricity. The rotor connects to a generator either directly or through a gearbox – generating energy for your property or premises.
The terms ‘wind energy’ and ‘wind power’ are the terms used to describe energy which has been generated through the use of wind, with turbines built all over the world in hopes of helping the environment.
They can come in various sizes and are adaptable for both domestic and business use, with micro-turbines being suitable for an individual’s home and huge, off-shore windfarms which generate masses of electricity, however, they all use the exact same mechanism.
How Much Do Wind Turbines Cost?
Wind turbines may seem costly with initial installation, however, they are estimated to save around £250 a year on electricity bills and earn around £440 per year in payments according to Utility Saving Expert.
The average cost for wind turbines for a 2.5kW system is around £12,000 whereas, for a 6kW version, they’re usually over £20,000.
Once the initial installation costs are over, installing wind turbines will save you money in the future, while making your business more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
Are Wind Turbines Efficient?
We all know that the UK has its fair share of wind, and that is due to the UK’s exposed position on the north-western edge of Europe, which causes high wind power with Scotland being the windiest place in the entirety of the continent.
Wind is pretty consistent within the UK, making it a perfect partner to wind power, therefore, wind power within the UK is a very reliable power source. Furthermore, during the cold months of winter, wind drastically picks up, which generates more wind power exactly when we need to heat up our homes.
Alongside the reliability and consistency of wind power, they also have a very low carbon footprint, alongside new renewable generators, and are a great step towards protecting our environment.
What Are the Benefits of Wind Turbines?
There are many financial and environmental benefits to wind turbines, and with the rise of fossil fuel costs, wind turbines may be a brilliant idea for you and your business.
Firstly, there are plenty of financial benefits to wind power. Whilst there is an initial installation cost, after this, they will save you heaps of money yearly and will allow you to apply those costs elsewhere within your business. Plus, you can apply for a Gaeltel Grant to help make their initial acquisition more affordable.
There are many marketing advantages to being environmentally friendly, with customers preferring to shop from those with ‘green energy’ alternatives. Wind power is a great contender if you want to switch to renewable energy!