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wind power

[wind] /wɪnd/
noun
1.
power derived from wind: used to generate electricity or mechanical power.
Also called wind energy.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05
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  • Inevitably, people trying to understand the potential of wave energy try to compare it with wind power.
  • We will also have improved batteries and other methods of storing energy produced via solar and wind power.
  • wind power, meanwhile, has managed to stay out of the headlines.
  • The country uses its stash to power its own green leadership in wind power than other technologies.
  • They formed energy cooperatives and organized seminars on wind power.
  • New sources such as wind power have grown rapidly but are still a small fraction of total energy use.
  • Yet that is exactly what is required for distribution of solar energy, wind power, and other renewable sources of electricity.
  • Micro nukes are more reliable than wind power, cheaper than solar, and much easier to operate than conventional nuclear plants.
  • Solar power only works during the day and wind power is irregular.
  • Solar and wind power aren't nearly as cost effective or efficient as nuclear power.
British Dictionary definitions for wind power

wind power

/wɪnd/
noun
1.
power produced from windmills and wind turbines
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Encyclopedia Article for wind power

wind energy

form of energy conversion in which turbines convert the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical or electrical energy that can be used for power. Since wind power does not require the use of fossil fuels, it is considered a renewable energy source. Historically, wind power in the form of windmills has been used for centuries for such tasks as grinding grain and pumping water. Modern commercial wind turbines produce electricity by using rotational energy to drive a generator. They are made up of a blade or rotor and an enclosure called a nacelle that contains a drive train atop a tall tower. Large wind turbines (producing up to 1.8 megawatts of power) can have a blade length of over 40 metres (about 130 feet) and be placed on towers 80 metres (about 260 feet) tall. Smaller turbines can be used to provide power to individual homes. Wind farms are areas where a number of wind turbines are grouped together, providing a larger total energy source.

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