11 Mar '12, 5pm

Can Wind Power Be the Answer to Our Energy Needs in the 21st Century? ~ ~ #eco #energy

Can Wind Power Be the Answer to Our Energy Needs in the 21st Century? ~ ~ #eco #energy

Although the future of wind energy is promising, the industry is still beset by limitations. Since wind is unpredictable and intermittent, power is only generates when the wind blows and a back-up source is needed. Most conventional power plants cannot be turned on and off as the wind dies or rises. Often when energy demand is at a peak, the wind is unavailable. In high winds, when you'd assume the turbines would be at their most efficient, they often have to switched off to prevent damage. In order to counteract these difficulties, the industry is working on better storage capabilities and may begin tying wind projects together over a large geographic area. Even then, additional power must be available as wind power alone cannot provide 100% of our energy needs 100% of the time.

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