Wind Power Derby KS

Local resource for wind power in Derby. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to wind energy, power grids, zoning laws, wind mills, turbines, electricians, wind farmers and wind analysis, as well as advice and content on renewable energy and resources.

Green Shield
(316) 260-6414
1037 S McComas St
Wichita, KS
FREE energy audits

Banks Oil Company
(316) 612-1186
7701 E Kellogg Dr
Wichita, KS
Clinton Enterprises
(316) 636-1801
9320 E Central Ave
Wichita, KS
It'S Electric
(316) 491-2910
1218 E 18th St N
Wichita, KS
Utility Maintenance Contractors Inc
(316) 945-8833
4421 W Harry St
Wichita, KS
Flame Enterprises
(316) 927-2255
5343 S Mead St
Wichita, KS
Barr Thorp Electric Company
(316) 265-4500
1608 E Waterman St
Wichita, KS
(316) 265-3311
2020 N Bramblewood St
Wichita, KS
Westar Com Inc
(316) 383-8600
100 N Broadway St
Wichita, KS
Siemens E & A
(800) 241-4453
134 S Tarabury Ln
Wichita, KS

Wind Energy

Energy is blowing in the wind

Wind power is actually another form of solar energy . As the sun heats air, land and water on the surface of the earth, different areas absorb heat at different rates; the resulting temperature differentials create water and air movement , manifesting themselves as winds and ocean currents that help to keep the world running with relatively stable climate and precipitation conditions.

Wind power technologies are simply a means of taking advantage of this natural force to do useful work, rather than just watching it blow leaves around. Humankind has been making use of wind power for millennia, from the vast sailing ships of old to the large wooden windmills for grinding wheat and other grains (hence the name windmill, as opposed to simply wind turbine). The huge water pumping windmills used in Holland also made use of this natural force, to move water in the process of reclaiming land from the sea.

These methods permitted the use of wind for mechanical energy, by harnessing it into some form of physical work. The comparison to an electrical wind turbine is like the comparison of a car to a gasoline generator - one is designed to produce motion while the other is designed to produce electricity, but both use the same fuel. A wind turbine simply uses the mechanical energy captured in its spinning motion to produce electricity, for charging a battery or powering an electrical device directly.

The largest wind turbines are designed to be self-contained power plants, outputting electricity directly to the utility grid just like large coal, hydro or nuclear power plants. In some cases, these wind machines are grouped together in 'wind farms' with a nearby power substation to handle the electricity pumped out by the machines. Wind power is the single fastest growing energy source worldwide, although it currently comprises a very small portion of global energy supply - 0.051% as of 2003 according to the International Energy...

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