Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wind energy systems

Wind energy is the energy obtained from the blowing winds. Wind energy systems are becoming very popular because of several reasons. Wind energy systems are used to harness wind energy. Wind energy systems are a good alternative for fossil fuels. The use of fossil fuels cause pollution and increases global warming. Wind energy systems on the other hand do not cause any pollution. These systems will be the only ones that will be able to meet the energy requirements once fossil fuels are stopped using because of rising prices and fuel shortages.

Wind energy systems can be used along with grid connected systems or as stand alone units. When used along with grid connected systems, wind energy systems continue supplying power for most of the time and in case the amount of energy generated is less, the energy needs are met by the utility grid. The switching between the wind energy systems and utility grid takes place automatically.

Stand alone wind energy systems are used for homes, farms or for small communities. These are used where the wind speed is slow or where there is no provision of utility grid.

Both types of wind energy systems generate electricity that can be used for domestic and industrial purposes. These systems help to reduce the electricity bills by a significant amount.

Wind energy systems involve an initial investment for their installation. However, once they are used, their benefits overshadow their operating and utility costs. These systems provide with cost effective, clean and reliable energy for many years.

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