Unit 3: Wind Power

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  • Wind Power
    • Advantages
      • No pollutants after manufacture
      • Takes up little land
      • Good for remote areas
    • Disadvantages
      • Unreliable - doesn't blow constantly and strength is unpredictable
      • Low energy density
      • Cannot store kinetic energy
      • Visual pollution
      • Intermittent
      • Noise pollution
      • Many turbines needed
      • Bright lights reflect off blades
      • Electromagnetic field causes radio/radar interference
      • Kills birds and bats
    • Location
      • High latitudes
      • Few wind fluctuations
      • Uplands, open planes, coasts, shallow areas
      • Large areas of land
    • Horizontal Axis
      • Most common
      • Must face wind
      • Tall tower needed that supports blade weight
    • Vertical Axis
      • Less advanced technology
      • 40%-60% wind power harnessed (good)
      • Large blades needed (visual pollution)

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