Advantages and disadvantages of wind energy

Advantages of wind energy

  • It is a renewable source of energy.
  • It is non –polluting hence does not give rise to greenhouse gas or solid wastes.
  • It has low running cost.
  • It is useful to supply electric power in remote areas.
  • It can be used to obtain mechanical energy for grinding and pumping water.
  • It has low operating and maintenance cost.

Disadvantages of wind energy

  • It varies with geographical conditions.
  • It is fluctuating in nature and natural energy storage device is required.
  • It is noisy in operation and affects the route of migratory birds.
  • Wind farms require large vacant land free from forest to harness wind energy for power generation.
  • The direction of the wind is not constant.

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