Wind Energy

Morgan H. Trey W. Brayden H.


What is the energy source?

Wind Energy.

How does the technology work?

The wind goes over the blades creating lift whitch causes the blade to turn.

Is it costly?

Unless you have 10 million dollars laying around, Yes it is exspensive

What impacts does it have on the environment?

The fact that wind power is a clean, hygienic, green and renewable form of energy, what are the impacts of this power on the environment?

Electricity generated by fossil cause pollution. Wind power can surely bring a reduction in the pollution that is caused by this type of fossil-fired conventional energy. As a matter of fact, wind power consumes no fuel as well as emits no air pollution.

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1. The wind is free and with modern technology it can be captured efficiently.
2. Once the wind turbine is built the energy it produces does not cause green house gases or other pollutants.
3. Although wind turbines can be very tall each takes up only a small plot of land. This means that the land below can still be used. This is especially the case in agricultural areas as farming can still continue.
4. Many people find wind farms an interesting feature of the landscape.
5. Remote areas that are not connected to the electricity power grid can use wind turbines to produce their own supply.
6. Wind turbines have a role to play in both the developed and third world.
7. Wind turbines are available in a range of sizes which means a vast range of people and businesses can use them. Single households to small towns and villages can make good use of range of wind turbines available today.

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1. The strength of the wind is not constant and it varies from zero to storm force. This means that wind turbines do not produce the same amount of electricity all the time. There will be times when they produce no electricity at all.
2. Many people feel that the countryside should be left untouched, without these large structures being built. The landscape should left in its natural form for everyone to enjoy.
3. Wind turbines are noisy. Each one can generate the same level of noise as a family car travelling at 70 mph.
4. Many people see large wind turbines as unsightly structures and not pleasant or interesting to look at. They disfigure the countryside and are generally ugly.
5. When wind turbines are being manufactured some pollution is produced. Therefore wind power does produce some pollution.
6. Large wind farms are needed to provide entire communities with enough electricity. For example, the largest single turbine available today can only provide enough electricity for 475 homes, when running at full capacity. How many would be needed for a town of 100 000 people?

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Edwin Laurentine Drake (1819)

Edwin Laurentine Drake (1819)

Edwin Laurentine Drake was born in 1819 in Greenville, New York. Drake is considered the petroleum entrepreneur of the oil industry. A former railroad conductor, his success was based on his belief that drilling was the best way to obtain petroleum from the earth. He organized Seneca Oil Co., leased land, and on August 27, 1859, struck oil at a depth of 69 feet near Titusville, Pennsylvania.

Most historians trace the start of the oil industry on a large scale to this first venture. Drake used an old steam engine to power the drill. After his well began to produce oil, other prospectors drilled wells nearby. Oil created riches for many people and for many countries, but not for Drake. His poor business sense eventually impoverished him. In 1876, he was granted an annuity by the State of Pennsylvania, where he remained until his death in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

An industry which brought great riches to so many, finally honored him by bringing his body back to Titusville and interring it in a fine tomb replete with symbolic bronze sculpture. The oil industry honors its birthplace with a museum and memorial park at the site where Drake struck oil in his pioneer well.

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Granville Woods (1856)

Granville Woods (1856)

Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1856, Granville Woods literally learned his skills on the job. Attending school in Columbus until age 10, he served an apprenticeship in a machine shop and learned the trades of machinist and blacksmith. During his youth he also went to night school and took private lessons. Although he had to leave formal school at age ten, Granville Woods realized that learning and education were essential to developing critical skills that would allow him to express his creativity with machinery.

In 1872, he obtained a job as a fireman on the Danville and Southern railroad in Missouri, eventually becoming an engineer. He invested his spare time in studying electronics. In 1874, Woods moved to Springfield, Illinois, and worked in a rolling mill. In 1878, he took a job aboard the Ironsides, a British steamer, and, within two years, became Chief Engineer of the steamer. Finally, his travels and experiences led him to settle in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became the person most responsible for modernizing the railroad.

In 1888, Woods developed a system for overhead electric conducting lines for railroads, which aided in the development of the overhead railroad system found in cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, and New York City. In his early thirties, he became interested in thermal power and steam-driven engines. And, in 1889, he filed his first patent for an improved steam-boiler furnace. In 1892, a complete Electric Railway System was operated at Coney Island, NY. In 1887, he patented the Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph, which allowed communications between train stations from moving trains. Woods' invention made it possible for trains to communicate with the station and with other trains so they knew exactly where they were at all times. This invention made train movements quicker and prevented countless accidents and collisions.