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Wind Power JoAnna Krueger Kelsey Burgess Maddie Dombi Uses and Functions 15,000+ mega watts of electricity Fastest-growing Produce hydrogen gas and then stored Produces mechanical power Pumping water, grinding grain Propel sailing ships Fill gaps in off-seasons of other resources

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Wind Power

JoAnna Krueger

Kelsey Burgess

Maddie Dombi


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Uses and Functions

  • 15,000+ mega watts of electricity

  • Fastest-growing

  • Produce hydrogen gas and then stored

  • Produces mechanical power

  • Pumping water, grinding grain

  • Propel sailing ships

  • Fill gaps in off-seasons of other resources


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How Wind Turbines Produce Energy


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How Wind Is Produced


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http://www1.eere.energy.gov/windandhydrowind_animation.html


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Advantages

  • Moderate to high net energy

  • High efficiency

  • Low electricity cost (still falling)

  • Low environmental impact

  • No CO2 emissions

  • Quick construction

  • Easily expanded


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Possible Replacements

  • Solar panel energy

  • Tide Energy

  • Natural gas

  • Heating oil

  • Central heating


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Current Projects

  • Projects are located in:

    • Hawaii

    • California

    • Texas

    • North & South Dakota


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Case

  • Pro: Farmers boost incomes by leasing land

  • Con: Environmentalists are concerned for predatory bird populations


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Future Challenges

  • High land usage

  • Visual pollution

  • Interference with bird’s migration flights

  • Predatory bird deaths

  • Possible increase in crop prices


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Will It Become Mainstream?

  • Likely:

    • Growing 22% yearly

    • High efficiency

    • Low environmental impact

  • Unlikely:

    • High land usage

    • Environmentalist concerns


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What Do We Need?

  • Proper land space

  • Strong remaining crop production

  • Residential support

  • Cash flow

  • Environmental stability

  • Wind


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“The demand for wind and solar power in this country is about to explode.”

-Governor Granholm


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Works Cited

All Windpower in photos. 04 Feb. 2009 <http://www.windpowerphotos.com/>.

Miller, G. Tyler. Living in the Environment. Belmont: Brooks/Cole, 2001.

"Offshore Wind Turbine Pictures." VINDM&Atilde;&#732;LLEINDUSTRIEN - windpower.org. 04 Feb. 2009 <http://www.windpower.org/en/pictures/offshore.htm>.

SOM - State of Michigan. 04 Feb. 2009 <http://www.michigan.gov/documents/gov/SOS2009_265915_7.pdf>.

"Southwest Windpower: Renewable Wind Energy." Southwest Windpower, Energy conservation, Solar Energy, Water pumping, Photovoltaics. 04 Feb. 2009 <http://www.windenergy.com/index_wind.htm>.

"Wind power -." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 04 Feb. 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power>.

"Wind Power." Welcome to OTHERPOWER.COM. 04 Feb. 2009 <http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_wind.shtml>.

"Wind Turbine Pictures - Modern Wind Turbines." VINDM&Atilde;&#732;LLEINDUSTRIEN - windpower.org. 04 Feb. 2009 <http://www.windpower.org/en/pictures/modern.htm>.


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