The present day world is witnessing a high value of wind turbine power. The year of 1979 marked the commencement of the workings in the modern industry of wind power, with the start of usage of wind turbines. Wind power was tapped and processed to generate electricity by many manufacturers in Denmark, including Kuriant, Vestas, Nordtank and Bonus, along with some other companies as well.
These companies started out with a modest capacity rating that ranged between 20 kW and 30kW. However, within a period of about two years, they were able to expand and attain much higher ratings of capacity. Apart from Denmark, processing of wind power started in many other countries of the world as well. As a result of these global efforts, the current value of wind turbine power currently.stands at 73,904 MW. The United States, Germany, India, China and Spain were some of the nations that had rather high levels of installed capacity by the year 2007. It is also expected that, by the year 2010, the worldwide figure for installed capacity would reach 160 GW, as predicted by the World Wind Energy Association.
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It should also be considered that, wind turbine power is the sole factor that is responsible for all this progress.
The countries have not been uniform in their performance in generating electricity from wind power. For example, in the initial years, Germany used to be the global leader in the generation of electricity from wind power. However, in the later years, the authorities in the country apparently lost their zest in this process of electricity generation. Again, this alternate source of generating wind power first made its appearance in America only as a small scale plant in California. However, now this technique of electricity production has expanded manifold in the country.
By 2007, the capacity of wind power in the United States reached 16.8 GW (an increase of around 45 per cent from the initial years). Texas has easily overtaken California in the field of generation of electricity and, usage of wind turbines is still on the rise in this state of the United States. Within a foreseeable future, even US states like Iowa and East Minnesota would separately be producing 1GW of electric power.
The power supplied by the wind energy units that are located offshore, along with the states of Texas, North Dakota and Kansas (with the amounts of wind energy that is processed in each of these states) is said to be able to meet all power requirements of the residents of the US. This is indeed indicative of the enormous faith and confidence that the Department of Energy of America has in the performance levels of wind power turbines.
Denmark is certainly the leading European country in the realm of electricity produced from wind tower. In the whole world, it holds the fifth position in this field too. Wind power is expected to meet about half of the total electricity requirements of Danish people, such is the air of confidence in this nation. In terms of producing wind turbines too, Denmark is counted as one of the worldwide leaders as well.
India has also witnessed a surge in the usage of wind turbine power applications. In the list of leading producers of electrical power from wind energy, India is currently at the 4th position in the world. The World Wind Energy Conference that took place in Delhi recently provided further boosts to these fields. Using wind turbines that are made in Denmark (from Vestas, Micon and a few other areas), a south Indian rural area in Tamil Nadu has already been successful in tapping and processing wind power. These regions are expected to witness the development of more wind power plants in the near future.
Most countries in the world are trying to make use of wind turbine power in order to produce electricity from the former. This is primarily because of the acute need of a pollution-free and easily renewable source of energy that would be able to generate electricity has come to the fore. The Mexican wind power plant, La Venta II Wind Power Project, is surely the first, and a significant, attempt by the country to start cutting down on the usage of fossil fuels in order to produce electricity. With a modest 88 MW as the initial capacity target, this wind energy unit is likely to witness gradual expansion. By 2012, this power project is likely to have a rating of 3500 MW.
Brazil is yet another nation that has jumped into the bandwagon of producing electricity from wind turbine power. A scheme with manifold incentives, called the Proinfa, has recently been announced by the Federal Government of Brazil. This incentive-based scheme aims at attaining a production targeted capacity rating of 3300 MW of energy that can be renewed, by financial year 2008-09. 1422 MW of this target production capacity would be reserved for harnessing wind power alone.
Hebei has been chosen as the spot in the Peoples’ Republic of China for setting up a wind farm with a capacity rating of 1000 MW. This wind power plant would be able to produce a maximum of 253,000 MW electrical power from wind energy that is available locally. This power project is expected to be completely set up by the year 2020.
Living in a healthy, pollution-free environment is the right of all living beings. This objective is expected to be met in the not too distant future, since most countries of the world are starting to prefer easily renewable sources of energy over fossil fuel resources, for the purpose of producing electric power. Usage of wind turbine power is one of such renewable sources of energy. Nations have also started to depend lesser and lesser on the conventional energy resources too over time. The expected availability of cleaner, pollution-less atmosphere can be attributed to the capacity of human beings of being able to produce electricity in an environmentally viable manner, by harnessing wind power. Usage of wind turbine power is certainly a massive step in this direction.
However, possessing only the wind power kit is hardly adequate for setting up such a system in your house. The multifarious benefits of wind turbine power systems can only be reaped only if an instruction manual is studied thoroughly. The ideal place in a home for installing a wind power system, the availability of free batteries as well as other parts of the system at relatively low prices, the complete wiring of the unit, methods to correctly install the wind power system as well as the required safety measures – all these topics are covered in such a manual. Armed with all these information, a person can easily install a wind turbine power unit, in a safe and secure manner too.