Humans use this wind flow or motion energy for many purposes sailing flying a kite and even generating electricity the terms wind energy and wind power both describe the process by which the wind is used to generate mechanical power or electricity wind turbines convert the kinetic energy from the wind into mechanical power. For electricity companies to use wind energy as its a renewable and free resource place in order to generate power for communities to use some people think they have a negative visual impact on the concepts book 54 wellington learning media. The process by which wind is used to generate electricity is referred to as wind energy wind turbines convert winds kinetic energy to mechanical power this mechanical power can then be converted into electricity through the use of a generator how wind turbines work the kinetic energy of the wind is collected by the blades on the wind turbines. The oil shortages of the 1970s changed the energy environment for the united states and the world the oil shortages created an interest in developing ways to use alternative energy sources such as wind energy to generate electricity the us federal government supported research and development of large wind turbines. How does wind power work the most common modern method of harnessing wind energy to generate electricity is the use wind turbines a turbine is a rotary device that extracts energy from the motion of a fluid in this case the gases that make up our atmosphere and converts that energy into useful work
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