Wind power generation is the latest buzzword all around. As our awareness of various environmental issues continues to grow the general interest and enthusiasm over such alternative means of producing clean energy as solar and wind power, also increase. There is no denying the importance of power. Everyone needs power. Power is an essential requisite of every household. We need power to run all our appliances, for heating our homes during the cold wintry days, to light up our homes when darkness falls and so on. However, the conventional means of producing power is not a perfect system. It might be meeting all our energy demands but it is also causing irreparable damage to the environment. Harmful emissions like carbon dioxide and the heavy dependence on natural resources are two major drawbacks of these methods. With alternative power sources, such as wind and solar power, such issues never arise.
Wind power is not a novel concept. It has been around for a long time. Interestingly, its popularity has not diminished a bit over the years. Rather, it seems to be getting more and more popular with every passing day. And the reasons are not very hard to understand. Continual research in the field of alternative power generation has made wind power technology easier to avail and more affordable to the masses. Today, wind power systems, even in their most stripped down form, pack quite a punch. They have become more sophisticated, their performance has improved immensely and they are now looked upon as viable alternative to conventional power supply means. Every year witnesses more and more households switching over to wind power. In some cases, they are completely replacing the existing power supply system.
Wind power generation technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years. Today, there is no lack of readily available, do-it-yourself wind power generator kits in the market. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. All one has to do is select the right kit for himself according to his specific requirements or availability of space.
So how does wind energy work? The fundamental principle on which a wind power generator system works is the conversion of kinetic energy into electrical energy. The basic wind power generator parts consist of a 5-blade turbine (or fan), which is fitted at the top of a tower and constructed to rotate freely in the wind. The height of the tower is dependant on the average speed of the wind of the region. If you live in an area that experiences fairly strong winds throughout the year, you can afford to keep the height of your tower short. However, weaker winds would require a taller tower. On an average, you must have the wind blowing at 11 km/hr. or more to have any appreciable turnout from your wind power setup. If you generally experience lower wind speeds, a wind power generator system may not be suitable for you. Wind power is heavily dependant on the power of the wind and the amount of electricity it can produce in any given time is directly proportional to how fast the wind is blowing. Stronger the wind, faster the turbine spins and more is the electricity generated.
The turbine system is linked to a suitable dynamo device which is activated by the spinning of the former. This dynamo is responsible for producing the necessary electrical energy. The entire system is also linked to the main power supply line of a household so that the electricity produced is fed into the household to run various appliances. In most cases, there is no need to change the existing wiring of a house. The electricity produced by wind power can be seamlessly integrated into your existing power supply scheme.
What you need is a manual to help you get started with a cheap wind power system for your home. This is a good idea as such a manual can provide invaluable help in helping you know where in your home you should set up the system and how you should do it. You will also be able to locate the cheap parts, and have information on wiring the system. Plus, you will also know about the safety precautions.