Wind Energy

These blog posts will introduce you to the powers of wind as an energy source.

Offshore Wind - A Work In Progress

Mon, 2012-11-05 10:12

More than 10 years ago, the planning began for what was to be the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. The project, known as Cape Wind, is to consist of 130 wind turbines sited in a shallow water area of Nantucket Sound, off the coast of Massachusetts. The project is still in the works, so to speak, as it has remained entangled in red tape, controversy, lawsuits, and a political tug of war. A look at Cape Wind’s progress provides some insight into what is taking so long for offshore wind to become a reality in the U.S.

Study Challenges Wind Power, Doesn't Discredit

Tue, 2012-09-25 08:40

Several months ago, a study was published suggesting a correlation between wind turbines and increases in surface temperature. The findings of the study were insightful and worthwhile, but some misleading interpretations of those findings sparked controversy and debate over wind as an effective alternative energy source.

The Study

Supporting Wind Energy Production

Thu, 2012-08-16 10:48

As the race to November continues, the national discourse has turned toward the issue of funding alternative energy sources, specifically wind.

Adding Value With Wind

Tue, 2012-08-14 16:07

Economic development often comes at the high cost of sacrificing natural resources. Land, water and air are all affected by urban sprawl. But the growing green economy has presented opportunities for more responsible development involving one of our most precious resources – farmland. Protection of agricultural land has become more critical as concerns over global warming and the effects of severe weather on our food supply move to the forefront.

Wind and Wildlife Collaborate

Thu, 2012-07-05 17:01

As energy independence remains at the center of the national energy debate, many strategies are being considered in the pursuit of cleaner, less expensive energy sources. Many times renewable energy project developers and environmentalists end up on opposite sides of a debate when it comes to wildlife, although their goals are aligned in terms of preserving the environment. Clean energy projects intended to create environmental benefits are often halted due to protests and concerns over wildlife and habitat.

Understanding Wind Turbines

Tue, 2012-07-03 08:23

As renewable energy sources continue to grow in prevalence around the world, questions pertaining to functionality have arisen. Wind energy, which is projected to increase at an exponential rate over the next few decades, is a constant source of inquiry. One of the most common questions, “How do wind turbines work?,” is a topic that will be covered below.

Building Small Wind Turbines in the Midwest

Thu, 2012-05-10 08:39

What a great experience thus far! I have learned so much about Small Wind Turbine design and construction in the past week through both lectures and hands-on experience. The textbook we’re using, Homebrew Wind Power, is being taught by the authors, Dan Bartman and Dan Fink, both of whom are wonderful teachers (and some fine musicians as well!). I highly recommend their book! In terms of hands-on experience, I started out by building the turbine with just neodymium magnets, wire, wood, and tape.

Wind Turbines Key to U.S. Energy Plan

Wed, 2012-03-07 10:22

As President Obama emphasized in his State of the Union address, the U.S. must become a nation that’s “built to last,” implementing sustainable practices that will secure our future energy needs. With decreasing dependency on foreign oil, alternative energy solutions, such as wind turbines, are beginning to flourish across the country. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced its plans to implement a six-year, $180M initiative to drive offshore wind turbine development.