Wind Farms off The UK Coast

Wind Farms off The UK Coast

Posted on 24. Aug, 2010 by in innovation, odd stuff, UK

A Guest article

In the current day and age we’re all trying to be environmentally friendly, doing our bit to protect Mother Earth. At a time when conservation is the topic on the tip of everybody’s tongues, there has never been a more important time to do whatever we can to protect the environment for future generations.

Across the UK there have been increasing numbers of wind farms being established both inland and off the coast. Most recently a wind farm was completed off the coast of Essex, made up of 48 turbines that each stand 130 metres high. The UK consists of some of the windiest coasts in the world, a resource that we should take advantage of and use.

Wind Power
A form of solar energy, wind is caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, in addition to irregularities of the Earth’s surface and the how the Earth rotates. Wind power is the term used to describe how wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity.

How Do Wind Turbines Work?
How wind turbines work is relatively simple. Wind energy is used to turn the propeller blades around a rotor which is connected to the main shaft, spinning a generator to create electricity. Wind turbines measure over 100 metres high to take advantage of the faster and less turbulent wind at that height. Wind turbines are generally connected to a single home or building in order to create electricity for its occupants, however, there is an increasing number of wind farms being created that are connected to an electricity grid for the more widespread distribution of electricity.

Benefits of Wind Power
There are a number of benefits of wind turbines which explains why it’s become the fastest growing energy source in the world. Wind is a clean fuel source unlike power plants which rely on the combustion of fossil fuels in order to create electricity. Wind power can’t be used up so we have a plentiful supply of it thanks to the sun!

Renewable Electricity
If you’re interested in renewable electricity and ways in which we can save the planet, the Internet is a great source of information. There are a variety of websites that contain information regarding renewable electricity, including information about wind power and turbines. Next time you see a wind farm, think of how they are benefiting generations to come!

About the author: Haylee Hulme is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of health, nutrition and environmental topics; from product reviews on supplements, to writing the about the benefits vitamins have on your health and green issues that affect us all.

Other Guest writers

Veronica Davis : Veronica’s first article is here. And her second article is here
Amanda T : Amanda’s article is here.Roko Nastic : Roko’s article is here.
Haylee Hulme : Haylee’s 1st article is here and her 2nd article is here.

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