Advantages of wind energy
Unlike electricity that is generated by fossil fuels such as coal and oil, wind energy does not generate any pollution or green house gases whatsoever. Wind power is often said to be one of the best sources of natural energy other than solar energy. In all fairness wind power is actually a derivative of solar energy, because the heat from the sun causes changes in weather patterns and that is where wind comes from. There are a number of advantages of wind energy but the reason that is always mentioned whenever you hear about wind energy is the fact that wind is a free, vast, and renewable resource. A renewable resource is a resource that is continually replenished i.e. the wind is going to keep blowing for all of eternity, so we do not have to worry that we are going to run out of wind in the next 50 years. The same thing cannot be said about fossil fuels.
Like other alternative forms of energy the biggest cost involved with wind energy is the setting up of the wind system. This means that many people will choose wind power over other forms of electricity because it is such an affordable option. There will be maintenance costs involved, but this will be very similar to the maintenance costs involved with electricity. Wind turbines will need to be checked and oiled regularly so that the wind power continues to work to its full effect.
Another of the real advantages of wind energy is that once the wind turbines are built, wind energy does not cause any pollution. In contrast the continual burning of fossil fuels causes big problems to the environment. This includes smog, acid rain and global warming. It is the global warming that is the biggest issue here however.
Scientists and Climatologists have indicated that the reason why the seasons are so messed up at the moment is because of global warming – sulphur dioxide is released into the atmosphere and this causes a warming effect and forces the temperature up for most people/ This is not a problem yet, but in the next 50 years whole eco-systems and environments may be destroyed because of this warming effect – there will be no artic circle if the world keeps warming up, and no polar bears either. It makes you think doesn’t it?
It was the fact that fossil fuel resources are stretching thin now and that the burning of such fuels was causing damage to the environment that made scientists look for other alternatives. Considering that we have this option now and there are many advantages of wind energy, it makes sense that we develop this wind industry much further.
We are in full swing of the global recession now and it makes sense for us as an economy to invest in wind power – the major advantages of wind energy in this sense is that it will be a major economic boost and create an abundance of new and well paying jobs for people. Other new businesses can be formed too such as “build your own windmill’’ books/publications and diy kits where you can build your own windmill in your workshop.
The many advantages of wind energy definitely override any of the disadvantages of this new technology. As a society interested in preserving our beautiful environment as long as possible, we really have no other option but to invest in wind energy.
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