Wind Energy

  1. Where can I learn more about Wind Energy?
  2. How does wind generate electricity?
  3. How fast does the wind have to blow before making electricity?

1. Where can I learn more about Wind Energy?

There are a lot of resources available including the American Wind Energy Association. The Department of Energy has a QUIZ to test your knowledge of Wind Energy.  Click Here to be directed to it.

2. How does wind generate electricity?

Wind blowing over the blades of a wind turbine causes the turbine blades to turn a shaft that runs a generator, which produces electricity.

  1. Wind blows...
  2. across tall wind turbines...
  3. to turn huge turbine blades...
  4. which spin generators to create electricity.
  5. A transformer increases the voltage to send electricity over...
  6. distribution lines. Then local transformers reduce the voltage...
  7. for you to use

3. How fast does the wind have to blow before making electricity?

It only takes a breeze blowing about seven miles per hour to generate electricity.

To maximize the electricity output of a wind turbine, it must be located in an area with strong, steady winds. Not all geographic locations are suited for wind energy production.