Wind Energy Resources for the Classroom

Wind Energy Overview

The Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy,wind-overview funds cutting-edge research to help the United States develop premier wind energy innovations. Wind power is one of Americas best options for low-cost, carbon-free renewable energy. It combats climate change, supports more than 88,000 U.S. jobs and grew to nearly 74 gigawatts of total installed wind capacity in 2015. That’s enough electricity to power more than 19 million homes per year!

How does a wind turbine work?

how-turbine-worksSo how do wind turbines make electricity? Simply stated, a wind turbine works the opposite of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity. View the wind turbine animation to see how a wind turbine works or take a look inside.

Learn How to Build a Wind Turbine Model

Looking for a fun project to do? Why not explore the gift that keeps onmake-wind-turbine giving:clean energy. This project takes less than 20 minutes to complete and builds awareness of wind energy the fastest growing source of power in the United States.Watch the step-by-step video on how to build a wind turbine in less than 20 minutes, hosted by Hoyt Battery.

Energy 101 Wind Video

energy-101-picSee how wind turbines generate clean electricity from the power of wind. The video highlights the basic principles at work in wind turbines, and illustrates how the various components work to capture and convert wind energy to electricity. This updated version also includes information on the Energy Department’s efforts to advance offshore wind power. Offshore wind energy footage courtesy of Vestas.