Wind Power West Des Moines IA

Local resource for wind power in West Des Moines. 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.

Wood Roofing Company
(515) 244-2711
5225 NE 17th Street
Des Moines, IA
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Central Iowa Power Cooperative
(515) 883-2904
2600 Grand Ave Ste 410
Des Moines, IA
 
Des Moines Water Works
(515) 283-8700
408 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA
 
Alliant Energy Public Affairs
(515) 284-5699
321 E Walnut St
Des Moines, IA
 
Iowa Water Well Association
(515) 243-1558
431 E Locust St
Des Moines, IA
 
GWA International LLC
(515) 270-1377
6713 River Bend Dr
Johnston, IA
 
Wells Fargo Private Client Services
(515) 237-5483
2840 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Midamerican Energy Company
(515) 270-5045
500 E Court Ave Frnt Front
Des Moines, IA
 
Baker Cabling Systems
(515) 557-3300
111 Jackson Ave
Des Moines, IA
 
Polk County Rural Water District #1
(515) 289-2643
660 Nw 66th Ave
Des Moines, IA
 

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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