Wind power can help us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Every megawatt-hour of wind energy generated by a wind farm effectively removes one tonne of greenhouse emissions in our atmosphere, which would have otherwise come from non-renewable sources. 

How wind turbines work

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The wind causes the blades to turn, rotating a generator at the top of the turbine.

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The generator converts the movement energy from the wind into electricity. 

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The electricity travels to a substation, where the electricity is transformed to the right voltage for home use.

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The electricity is transferred from the substation to the electricity grid via power lines into your home.

Whether on land or sea, wind turbines harness the kinetic energy of moving air.

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Facts about wind

Denmark was one of the first countries to use wind power for electricity. Today, it’s one of the largest producers of wind-generated electricity in the world.

Australia has a good wind resource. We can harness the power of the wind by building more wind farms, and thus provide clean electricity to our towns and cities.

Sometimes, wind turbines need to be shut down in storms, because very strong winds can damage the blades. They’re typically switched off in winds higher than 90kph.

Modern wind turbines are designed to make as little noise as possible. You can hold a conversation while standing beneath one, without having to yell.

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Cool wind power animation from Statkraft in Norway.

Wrap up

Wind energy is a reliable, renewable source of energy. This clean energy source will never run out.

Wind turbines convert wind energy into electricity, which is collected and transported into our homes. 

Wind farms are an effective source of electricity generation, helping us to meet our energy needs while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia can harvest much more wind energy and make better use of this clean, green energy source.