“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” – Bob Dylan
Who knew Bob Dylan had the insight to harness the wind’s power long before wind turbines were a commonplace item?!
All joking aside, Mr. Dylan was definitely on to something there.
I’d bet that almost all of you have seen wind farms dotting the landscape, harnessing the power of the jet stream to provide energy to homes, farms and cities. However, how many of you know how a wind turbine actually works?
“Simply stated, a wind turbine works the opposite of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity.” – U.S. Department of Energy
While wind turbines are typically associated with the giant, towering farms you see dotting the countryside, there are alternatives that can be implemented on a much smaller scale for individual businesses or homes that would like to harness the power for their use. We covered these options in a previous blog post that can help you get started in the right direction if you decide this the right option for your business.