Green energy is any energy type that is generated from natural resources, such as sunlight, wind or water.
While many people associate solar with the top green energy source, it’s actually the wind that’s the most efficient. (Although, technically, wind energy is a form of solar energy because winds are caused by the heating of the atmosphere by the sun as well as the rotation of the Earth, and irregularities on the Earth’s surface.)
Not only is wind an abundant and inexhaustible resource, but it also provides electricity without burning any fuel or polluting the air. Wind continues to be the largest source of renewable power in the United States, which helps reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.
In fact, many experts in this field point to the wind rather than the sun as being the future of green energy.
Wind Power is one of the oldest energy sources harnessed by humans. Early windmills used wind to crush grain or pump water. Now, modern wind turbines use wind to generate over 12% of the world’s electricity, with just over 743GW of wind power capacity worldwide. This helps the world to avoid over 1.1 billion tons of CO2 annually – equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of South America.
As one of the fastest-growing and most efficient energy sources in the world, it’s important to understand the key advantages of Wind Power, such as:
- Wind energy is sustainable
- Wind energy is space efficient
- Wind is a domestic form of energy
- Wind power is cost effective
- Wind farms have low operating costs
- Wind energy is clean
- Wind energy creates jobs
The challenges utilities face when wind generation is injected into a power system depend on the share of that renewable energy and how well connected the grid is. Wind power in Denmark meets almost half of the country’s electricity demand, while the instantaneous penetration (that is, the instantaneous wind power production compared to the consumption to be met at a given time) is sometimes above 100%.
Unlike some windy parts of the US, which lack sufficient grid capacity, this is easily exported.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers a 5-day Green Energy Mini MBA program where participants learn about the different types of green energy, how they are impacting societies currently and the impact they will likely have in the future.
An important part of our Green Energy Mini MBA involves an in-depth look at the economics of green energy including how corporations can benefit as well as make green energy transformations.
Tonex also offers several more Mini-MBA programs:
Cybersecurity Mini MBA Training Course
Mini-MBA in Business Management for Military and Veterans
Oil and Gas Transformation Mini MBA
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