Wind Turbines

In the windy valleys of the Tehachapi belt of Kern County in California are many wind turbines or as I refer to them as “Whirly Birds”.  These wind turbines are located in various areas around the world and run on a “wide range of vertical and horizontal axis types”.  The littler turbines purpose is to control battery charging for boats, caravans, and traffic warning signs.  The median size turbines are used for domestic power and in return sends any unused power to the utility provider using the electrical network.  Assortments of the large turbines are “becoming an increasingly important source of renewable energy and are used by many countries as part of a strategy to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels”.  These are identified as wind farms.

“A wind turbine is a popular name for a device that converts kinetic energy from the wind into electrical power. Technically, there is no turbine used in the design, but the term appears to have migrated from parallel hydroelectric technology (rotary propeller). The correct description for this type of machine would be aerofoil-powered generator.”


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