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Wind Turbines and Sustainability

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Wind Turbines are a power-generating device that is driven by the kinetic energy of the wind.  Wind Turbines generate electricity by using a large wind turbine usually consisting of propellers. The turbine can be paired with a generator to generate electricity, or the wind can be used as mechanical power to perform tasks such as pumping water or grinding grain. To create electricity from wind, the shaft of the turbine must be connected to a generator that uses the turning motion of the shaft to rotate a rotor, which has oppositely charged magnets and is enclosed by copper wire loops. Electromagnetic induction is created by the rotor spinning around the inside of the core, generating electricity. Wind turbines have many environmental benefits, including:

  • Less pollution
  • Energy efficiency
  • Climate benefits
  • Efficient use of otherwise unused land

Indiana has seven Large Scale Wind Farms:

  • Benton County Wind Farm (Orion Energy Group)
    • Installed: 87 turbines; 130.5 MW (megawatts)
  • Fowler Ridge Wind Farm (BP) – Benton County
    • Installed: 355 turbines; 749.8 MW
  • Headwaters Wind Farm (EDP Renewables)
    • Installed: 100 turbines; 200 MW
  • Hoosier Wind Project (EnXco) – Benton County
    • Installed: 53 turbines; 106 MW
  • Meadow Lake Wind Farm (Horizon Wind Energy) – White County
    • Installed: 303 turbines; 507.8 MW
  • Purdue Energy Park (Performance Services) – Tippecanoe County
    • Installed: 12 turbines, 20.4 MW
  • Wildcat Wind Farm (E.ON Climate & Renewables) – Madison, Tipton Counties
    • Installed: 125 turbines; 200 MW

August Mack is committed to continued sustainability efforts. To learn more about August Mack and how we can help, click here


Post Date: 11/23/2017

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