Humans are the species that always tend to fluctuate and swing their conscious and unconscious between the past and the future. And today, we all are worried about the future. Be it the future of an individual, of a family, of a nation or the planet as of whole we are tensed about “what will be the future?”
We are aware of the present situation and are also aware that if the present day situation continues the future of Earth will not be as pleasant as we want it to be. With the rise in pollution, population and fast rate of exhaustion of natural resources, we can quickly look into the future and predict that the time is near where all available resources will be spent, and the life on Earth will come to a standstill. And to avoid this situation, today we all are concerned and are working the direction to find means and to develop some alternatives for the future.
Wind Energy – What is an alternative source of energy and how is Wind Energy an alternative source of Energy?
Alternative form of energy is a safe option on which relies the future of Earth. When the available resources like coal, petroleum and gasoline will be used up, the alternative sources of energy will be used to provide sustenance to all living beings. The alternative sources of energy include Solar Energy, Wind Energy, and energy generated by the water. The focus of this article is on Wind power as on how Wind Energy can be a reliable future source of energy.
Wind energy as the word explains the energy generated by the winds. The power of winds can be put to use by using wind turbines to produce electrical power. It can be further used in windmills mechanical power, in wind pumps for pumping of water and also to propel ships. Other than making climatic changes these are some astonishing usages of the wind that can be harnessed into a form of energy and put to various uses.
Advantages of Wind Energy
Some benefits of using wind energy lie in the fact that first of all it is a renewable source of energy that is it will never get used up or get finished. The winds exist due to temperature and pressure difference in the atmosphere and because these differences will keep occurring and thus the winds will also keep blowing. Secondly, because the wind is entirely a natural phenomenon, there is no artificial aspect to it. Because it uses no fuel and emits no pollutants in any form it is an extremely dependable source of energy, unlike fossil fuels that add up to pollution.
Wind power is a resource which if used to its full strength can benefit the entire nation and if all nations across the globe understand the need to adopt it as an alternative for of energy generation and harness power through it, and then the future can become quite different and safer. Wind energy is an inexhaustible and eco-friendly source of energy, and this is one of the reasons why we need to increase its usage in every possible manner. Wind power in India has a brilliant future.
Some statistics regarding Wind Energy in India
India stands on the fifth rank among the nations which has the highest and largest installed wind power capacity in the world. Some statistics regarding the installed power capacity from wind energy in India was to be a collective power of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. All these states along with some others have generated power of around 21136.3 MW (megawatt). This number is quite significant, but if this figure is multiplied, then the problem of electricity shortage will be eradicated from India altogether.
Tamil Nadu is the largest generator of wind energy in India. It constitutes about 35% of India’s total wind capacity. The TEDA (Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency) is taking care to utilize the best of the wind resource and Tamil Nadu singularly contributes around 7253 MW of energy. Compared to this Gujarat produces around 3,187 MW, Maharashtra produces 2976 MW, Rajasthan produces 2355 MW, Karnataka produces 2409 MW, Andhra Pradesh produces 753 MW, Madhya Pradesh produces 439 MW and other produce around 59.30 MW. Some of India’s largest wind power plants are Muppandal Wind farm located in Kanyakumari, Jaisalmer Wind Park in Jaisalmer, Dhalgaon Wind farm situated in Sangli, Maharashtra.
These numbers are indicative of the fact that the Indian government and the respective state governments are aware of the potential of wind and are doing whatever possible in their fields. But this is not enough. What is important now is the need to spread awareness about such projects that are going to generate power at large scale. People are apprehensive about how can wind energy benefit and thus often find repose in their old traditional ways of living. But we have to understand that the nations’ strength lies in its people and the to develop a society the population has to develop. And this development branches from equal facility to all Indians irrespective of which part they live in. Every state, city, town and village in India should be supplied with electricity, and this goal can only be achieved if people and government work together in utilizing the alternative source of energy to their fullest. The best possible and available solution is of installing wind turbines, windmills and using it not only for the purpose of generating or harnessing electricity but also for various other agricultural related purposes. By using wind energy, we are using that aspect of the natural resource that is benefiting to us and is not harmful to the environment as well. Although there are several problems that occur while installing wind power generation plants like there is need for a lot of open space, enormous financial investments, proper location where the wind speed is high enough, cheap labor and easy terrain so that the power plants can be set up and worked on quickly but the result is so satisfactory that all the hard work that goes into the process becomes worth it.
Thus, Wind Energy is a reliable future resource and India can benefit a lot out of it.