Alternate Electrical Supply
Wind powering the industrial sector is not new. Around 1600, many new industrial applications of windmills appeared – saw mills, paper mills, mustard mills and tobacco mills. These days we concern ourselves with energy use and the constant increases in energy prices. A viable alternative to reducing dependence on traditional electricity supply is wind turbines. As wind is inconsistent, your existing grid makes up the shortfall when needed.
By installing and connecting a wind turbine to your existing electricity distribution system, you can reduce energy consumption used to power your factory machinery, lighting and heating systems.
Some food for thought: wind behaves in interesting ways. One of them is known as ‘the roof effect’. This refers to wind colliding with a pitched roof with the result that when the free moving wind is suddenly stopped by a roof, the wind is compressed to some extent, which results in it being accelerated by up to several times as it passes over the obstructing roof. This phenomenon results in wind at the ridge peak of a pitched roof travelling at up to 3 times the speed of nearby uninterrupted wind. There are wind turbines available to harness this phenomenon.
What You Need To Know:
- It may be sunny but not windy and vice versa due to seasonal changes
- Good quality wind turbines are virtually silent when generating energy
- A variety of models and sizes are available
- If mounted properly in a secure location, the system poses no safety risk
- The system relies on the strength and consistency of wind