To put it in the simplest way possible, any given wind institute will teach that wind power is the way in which energy derived from the wind is converted using turbines that are pushed by the wind into a more useful form like electricity. Windmills (the old technology we have seen throughout history) use the energy provided by the wind to turn mechanical machinery to do physical kinds of work, like the crushing and milling of grain or the pumping of water up out of a well. Modern technology has turned the movement of turbine blades to be converted into electrical current by using an electrical generator attached to the turbine.
A wind energy institute is interested in teaching individuals the way to design and install wind systems can do things like determining what size and what type of turbine system will be needed to serve the needs of the homeowner or business. Often these systems will consist of the actual wind turbine used to generate the electrical current and either a net metering system so that excess wattage generated can be sold back to others on the local utility’s power grid, or a system of batteries to facilitate storage of what is not immediately needed to power the home. Other components likely would include some sort of hot water system like a tank-less, on-demand system to provide hot water for chores like laundry or showering.
For young adults entering the job market for the first time, or those needing to make a career change due to the present economical downturn, an exciting, new possibility for anyone wanting a green degree is the chance to combine wind technology training with a variety of traditional career fields. There is a growing need for not only engineers who can design the technology necessary to successfully utilize this renewable energy source, but also for those in construction who can find ways to integrate it into older, existing technology and even install and repair the end product once manufactured. Unlike some career paths, there is a good likelihood that the wind power industry will show a steady rate of growth and job security in the future as the ever-growing demand for technicians creates jobs.
Another facet of training as outlined by the curriculum developed at a wind power institute is the ability to provide maintenance for the systems that are being put into place. In the case of wind turbines, unlike in solar systems, there is the need to lubricate and clean the parts which need to move freely to generate power. Educating the consumer how to correctly do this is also important as they can better maintain the system in between inspections by a certified or licensed technician.
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