If there are other intelligent civilizations skewered across the grand expanse of the universe, the main idea, as proposed in books, television, and movies, is that they would be far more advanced and have access to better energy sources. That is no longer certain. Among the many types of alternative energy, wind power has emerged as one of the best—along with solar power, nuclear power, tidal power and biomass.
How Wind Power Works
Wind power first surfaced as a major source of energy when scientists and environmentalists realized the burning of fossil fuels damaged Earth and the ecosystem. But first, how does wind power operate? According to Energy Matters, an online site dedicated to wind and solar energy apparatuses and mechanisms, wind turbines catch the flow of wind, which turns the gigantic fan’s rotor. When this occurs, the power gathered from the wind translates into a generator. Once that step is complete, the conversion into electricity commences.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), wind power will make up 20% of global electricity by 2030. This is a huge accomplishment, since it will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.3 billion tons yearly and garner nearly 2.5 million new jobs. Because it is a fairly new industry but quickly gaining ground, it is expected to reap more than $220 billion in investments. It is also a renewable resource, since all wind is caused by the sun. In fact, some categorize wind power under solar power.
Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General of the GWEC, states that wind power “is the most competitive option for adding new capacity to the grid in a growing number of markets.” He elaborates that by 2050, the world will have “a completely decarbonized electricity supply,” which further helps the environment of our planet—Earth having been subject to terrible treatment by humans through excessive carbon dioxide emissions. Wind power is also free of fossil fuels, which has proved to be one of the major influences of carbon dioxide emissions.
Unsurprisingly, wind power has no known negative effects on health. In fact, it is proven to improve air quality, thus reducing the chance of illness, according to Energy.gov.
Wind turbines are, for one thing, very expensive to build and require a great deal of time and energy to construct. The best form of wind power is offshore, since winds are stronger out at sea than on land—in fact, the offshore wind turbine facilities have increased drastically and will continue to do so. Furthermore, the market of wind power is still in its premature stages. Thus, we have not developed reliable wind power technology in order to lessen expenses and preserve the equipment. As time goes on, though, the disadvantages can very well disappear, thanks to advancements in technology and construction.
Future of Wind Power
The future of wind energy, basically a subcategory of solar power, is extraordinarily bright. As time passes and technology advances, not only will we have access to clean, renewable energy, but we will have access to an infinite amount of it. There will always be struggles along the way, but with wind power, solar power, biomass, geothermal power, and tidal power, humanity will eradicate all carbonized forms of energy by the turn of the century. From there, the sky is the limit.