Parts of a Wind Turbine

Wind power is the fastest advancing source of clean energy today. Want to understand the different parts of a wind turbine? LET'S EXPLORE ... The main equipment needed to harness wind energy is a wind turbine – consisting of a tower, frame, turbine blades, and generator. Other parts are required to deliver useable electricity, such […]

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Wind Energy Facts

According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), wind energy is the most rapidly advancing source of energy worldwide... LET'S EXPLORE... Wind is created by the sun's uneven heating of the earth's surface. The movement of air from an area of high to low pressure is what we refer to as wind. Wind exists […]

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How Solar Water Heaters Work

Water heating accounts for 30% of energy consumption, so is a great place to begin cutting back on fossil fuel consumption. What's more, solar water heating can be added fairly easily to homes... Let's explore... There are a number of options for a solar water heater; from purchasing ready-to-roll systems to making your own. The […]

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Why Recycle?

Like anyone, I hate being told what to do. The intention of this article is not to guilt you, but to take a look at the current and historical recycling situation. Michael Braungart and William McDonough’s book Cradle to Cradle discusses a window factory built during the industrial revolution. Forrest surrounded the factory at first, […]

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Photovoltaic Efficiency Explained

The term photovoltaic literally means light producing electricity. Turning photo (light) into voltaic (electrical current), is the basis of how solar panels work. So, photovoltaic efficiency refers to how efficiently a solar cell or solar module produces electricity. Photovoltaic efficiency describes the efficiency or conductivity of solar panels - the percentage of radiation (sun) energy […]

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