Are wind trubines a microgeneration solution?
Not a day does go by that there is not an article or a news item in the press about yet another wind farm being planned, opened or operating and doing something in that process. The UK is surrounded by windy, stormy and tidal waters so wind farms and tidal power generators are all the rage – both on water and at water. But what about microgenerators?
The question is really what technologies microgenerators should be using to actually make a difference – not only for themselves but the national, even global, energy production. There are several issues with wind power in the microgeneration area. The initial investment is not insignificant. The planning process is pretty arduous and it is difficult to figure out for most of us where to even put our own "windmill".
And last and definitely not least is the question on how to operate your personal wind farm when you are on holiday or at work. How do you know it is even working and actually generating power? Big wind farms have scores of operators 24/7 monitoring the farm. At home, it is not so easy.Emma Hamilton