Wind power in Australia is a rapidly growing mode of renewable energy, accounting for 30.8 percent of Australia’s clean energy and supplied 5.3 percent of the country’s overall electricity in 2016. As wind energy is the fastest growing source for electricity generation, more wind farms are proposed to being built. So far, there are a total of 76 wind farms in Australia with an additional 16 projects either under construction, constructed or will start construction in 2017.
In Australia, wind power is primarily used for electricity generation and has also been used to pump bore water in rural areas. It is currently the cheapest source of large-scale renewable energy that involves generating electricity from the naturally occurring power of the wind. Wind turbines capture wind energy within the area swept by their blades. They produce a power output proportional to the air density and the wind speed cubed. The spinning blades drive an electrical generator that provides electricity for export to the grid.
So why wind power?
- Eco-friendly – wind power is a clean source of energy that doesn’t cause pollution. Unlike using coal or oil, wind power doesn’t pollute the air or require any destructive chemicals. This helps to shift away from fossil fuels and better improve the environment.
- Cost efficient – Wind is natural and does not cost a cent. Therefore, operational costs are close to zero once they start running. It is also a cheap form of renewable energy.
- Renewable and sustainable source – wind is a form of solar energy that is caused by the heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the rotation of the Earth, and the Earth’s surface irregularities. A long as the sun still shines and the wind blows, wind power will never run out.
- Modern wind turbines – wind turbines are more slick and attractive, unlike the old rustic windmills. Technological advances mean that turbines are now larger and more efficient in that they capture more energy per turbine, and fewer turbines will be needed to capture the same energy.
- Potential – the potential of wind power is enormous. A large wind turbine can power up to 600 homes. The global potential of wind energy is more than 400 TW (terawatts) which is 20 times more than what the entire human population needs. This is because harnessing wind energy can be done practically anywhere in the world if there is wind.
Wind power is a leap into a cleaner and brighter future. Danterr believes in this change and have aided many wind farm projects around Australia. Danterr has helped assist the following projects:
- The Musselroe Bay Wind Farm in Tasmania completed by Hazel Bros
- The Macarthur Wind Farm in Victoria completed by Leighton Contractors
- The Snow Town Wind Farm Phase 2 completed by Catcon
- The Boco Rock Wind Farm in NSW completed by SMB Civil
- The Hornsdale Wind Farm project Phases 1-3 completed by Catcon
- The Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm in Victoria completed by Catcon
- The Ararat Wind Farm in Victoria completed by SMB Civil
Danterr ensured that every project received the highest level of expertise and advice from their friendly sales team to achieve the required results and exceed all expectations.
For more information about the involvement of wind farms and wind power, visit our website www.danterr.com or contact us on 1800 262 383.