Overview of Wind Technologies

Figure 1. U.S. wind energy resources 6-4

Figure 2. Potential wind energy within ten miles of transmission facilitie s 6-5

Advanced Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines in Wind Farms

Figure 1. Horizontal axis wind turbine and windfarm system schemati c 6-7

Figure 2. Wind energy technology evolutio n 6-14

Figure 3. Methodology for estimating annual energy productio n 6-15

Appendix - Energy Storage

Battery Storage for Renewable Energy Systems

Figure 1. Battery storage system schematic A-8

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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