The reliance on fossil fuels is not only unsustainable due to energy price rises but also the impact they have on the climate due to CO2 increases effecting global warming.
It is imperative that Countries, Businesses, and individuals begin to conserve energy, use less and switch to the production of energy from renewable source. The reduction in energy consumption and move to sustainable renewable sources will reduce CO2 concentrations, slow the rise in energy prices and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
The change to renewable forms of energy production is a massive undertaking. There is no single source of sustainable renewable energy production that provides the answer, but a diverse combination of renewable technology deployment can make massive contribution.
The UK has the largest wind resource of any country in Europe, making wind power one of the renewable sources of energy technologies that should be considered in many locations.
Quietrevolution research, design, and manufacture, in the UK small-scale wind turbines. These are designed to be sited at the point of energy use and are best suited for urban areas. Small and large scale wind technologies, both onshore and off-shore are all part of the energy mix required. Alongside other renewable technologies, such as solar and hydro, the deployment of smart technologies, and storage systems there can be a reliable energy supply to all individuals and businesses.
It is estimated that approx. 3.5TWh could be produced from small wind technologies in the UK, or roughly 5% of our gross energy consumption.
The UK has a great wind resource, however, even in a small island nation there are good sites and poor sites and careful consideration on the exact location is required prior to deployment of a wind turbine.
Key factors that should always be considered are:
Proximity to the Coast
Topography – hill tops are good sites, while valleys are not
Elevation above the ground – the height of mast or height of building, taller is almost always better
Open flat country side
There is a great deal of discussion within the wind industry and the press about wind turbines for low wind speed sites for urban wind turbines.
quietrevolution turbines - designed and manufactured for urban areas require sufficient wind resource to be effective and to produce energy at a reasonable cost over the design life of the turbine.
The power in the wind is a cubic relationship to wind speed, i.e. if the wind speed doubles there is actually eight times the power.
This shows that it is not possible to produce high levels of energy from a low wind speed site. These sites are common in towns and urban areas due to surface roughness and that many UK towns are in valleys. However, there are locations within urban areas that do have high winds, these are generally limited to tall buildings, open sited industrial parks, motorways with beneficial underlying topography or adjacent to a large body of water.