«Wind Power: Advantages and Disadvantages»

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Wind power is the ability to make electricity using the air flows that occur naturally in the earth’s atmosphere. In other words, is the use of air flow through wind turbines to mechanically power generators for electric power.

Wind power, as an alternative to burning fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, clean, and produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, consumes no water, and uses little land. Specifically, harnessing energy from the wind and turning it into renewable electricity has many advantages, not only for the environment, but also for the area itself.

Here, some advantages of wind power:

  • Wind power is a clean fuel source:

Wind power doesn’t pollute the air, like the use of coal or oil. Wind turbines don’t produce atmospheric emissions that increase health problems like asthma or create acid rain or greenhouse gases. As a result, wind energy lessens our reliance on fossil fuels from outside nations as well, which helps our national economy and offers a variety of other benefits as well.

  • Wind power is cost-effective:

It is one of the lowest-cost renewable energy technologies available today. Wind turbines can give energy to numerous homes, and people can buy their power from a service organization that offers wind energy for a specific area.

  • Wind power is inexhaustible:

Wind is actually a form of solar energy. Specifically, winds are caused by the heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the rotation of the Earth, and the Earth’s surface irregularities. For as long as the sun shines and the wind blows, the energy produced can be harnessed to send power across the grid.

  • Wind turbines can be built on existing farms or ranches:

This benefits the economy in rural areas, where most of the best wind sites are found. Farmers and ranchers can continue to work the land because the wind turbines use only a fraction of the ground. Also, wind power plant owners make rent payments to the farmer or rancher for the use of the land, providing landowners with additional income.

  • Wind power increases energy security:

By using wind energy to generate electricity, we are reducing our dependency on fossil fuel alternatives such as coal, oil and gas. In many cases, these natural resources are often sourced from other countries, which can fluctuate the price and cause serious economic problems or supply shortages for some countries. By using renewable energy sources, a country can help to reduce its dependency on global markets and increase its energy security.

  • Job Creation:

The wind energy industry has helped to create jobs all over the world. Jobs have been created for the manufacture of wind turbines, the installation and maintenance of wind turbines and also in wind energy consulting. This is an element very important for the economy of the region.

However, there are also some disadvantages that should be mentioned:

  • Threat to Wildlife:

Wind turbines pose a threat to wildlife, especially for birds and other flying creatures that may be in the area. So, this is a serious problem, because wind turbines are contributing to mortality rates among bird and bat population.

  • Noise and Visual pollution:

One of the disadvantages of wind turbines is the noise pollution, that they generate. A single wind turbine can be heard from hundreds of meters away. For example, wind turbines make a sound that can be between 50 and 60 decibels.

Also, there is the problem of visual pollution. Many people think that the wind turbines remain unattractive, as they have concern that it may tarnish the beauty of landscapes.

  • Expensive to set up :

The installation of a wind turbine is considered expensive. If we add also the cost of the supplies that will be need, the problem is becoming greater.

So, taking into consideration all the above, it is clearly understood that this new source of energy has both, advantages and disadvantages. As a result, we have to be careful and to make the best choices.

What do you think about it? Do we have to follow the example of wind power on not?

Dipla Aikaterini (Arid Zone Afforestation)

 

 

 

 

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