Wind farm vs wind turbine

It is important to know the difference between a wind farm and wind turbine when talking about the topic of wind power:

A wind turbine is a single unit, which looks like an airplane propeller on top of a long stick. It transfers energy from the wind into rotational motion, which it then transforms into electricity by the use of a generator. A single turbine may be used to provide electricity to a group of houses or buildings, and smaller turbines may be used for an individual home or building.[1]

A wind farm is a collection of these wind turbines in a given location, used collectively for the generation of electricity. A wind farm is often a very large installation, which can be hundreds of square kilometers in area, and provide electricity to the electrical grid for people to use.[1]

Figure 1. A wind farm, consisting of many wind turbines.[2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Wind Energy Technologies Office (Nov.29, 2018). How Wind Turbines Work [Online] Available: https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/how-do-wind-turbines-work
  2. Wikimedia Commons [Online], Available: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0f/Shepherds_Flat_Wind_Farm_2011.jpg

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Jordan Hanania, Ashley Sheardown, Kailyn Stenhouse, Jason Donev
Last updated: April 28, 2020
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