What is a Wind Turbine and How Does it Work?

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Wind Turbine Manufacturers

Whether shopping for a home wind power system, a building mounted wind turbine, or large-scale turbines for putting up a wind farm, there are many different manufacturers of modern-day wind turbines for both on and off-shore use. Some of the more popular manufacturers include:

  • GE Wind Energy – Developed a turbine for the US Department of Energy
  • Vestas – A Danish company and the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world
  • Sinovel – The third largest wind turbine manufacturer, based in China

There are hundreds of companies building wind turbines and the associated parts, and while design and efficiencies are guaranteed to change over time, sticking with a brand-name, well-respected company when shopping for a turbine will serve you well. The same goes for wind turbine installation companies, should you need assistance in that area too. Either that, or you can build your own vertical-axis wind turbine and skip the big guys altogether. Maybe then you can get a job in the wind turbine industry, a field with dramatically increasing opportunities!

So what is a wind turbine? Simply put, it’s a way for us as a population to generate clean, renewable, non-polluting energy for the future. By us using the kinetic power of the wind, which is freely available for everyone to make clean power for our needs, we can insure that the move to renewables and away from coal and other fossil fuels goes more smoothly than if we waited until the polluting fuels were all used up. Wind turbines are just one of several clean power sources we have available to us, and they will play an important role in the future of energy generation.

Turbine image courtesy of alancleaver_2000

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