The wind is a form of solar energy, produced when air molecules heat up and cause pressure differences between one area and another . The resultant pressure difference push air between low and high pressure areas forming Wind.
The British Isles is situated extremely well for wind energy as the prevailing winds provide consistent conditions which favour wind turbines. This is evidenced by the number of industrial scale wind farms that are springing up around the coast.
Wind has an advantage as it is not dependent on time of day. While Solar PV needs sunlight to produce power, wind can do so day or night, rain or shine; providing the wind is blowing.
However, on a domestic level there are a number of aspects that need to be taken into account, before they can be judged a feasible part of a renewable energy strategy.
It is important that you are in a part of the country that gets enough wind to make the project viable. For example, Northumberland will be a better proposition for wind power, than say Surrey. Data that exists can give guidance on the levels of wind an area has experienced in the past. However, if you are looking at making a major investment in wind power, it would be wise to undertake an accurate reading of the proposed site over a full year.
Wind turbines are also affected by turbulence (where other nearby physical features affect the flow of the wind). This generally makes wind turbines unsuitable for urban or built up areas. As a generalisation wind turbines will be best sited on open higher ground (farms are often ideal).
Unlike Solar PV, planning permission IS required for permanent wind turbine installations, the guidance for which can be found by Clicking Here.
As with other forms of renewable energy, wind turbines can form an important part of a renewable energy strategy. EcoSaveit will be happy to advise and provided assistance if you are considering wind turbines as a part of your overall renewable energy strategy.
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