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Big Wind Turbines, Small Wind Turbines


| 9/10/2008 10:14:19 AM


Tags: wind, electricity,

Wind turbines come in all sizes, but if you’re trying to understand exactly how big a wind turbine is some of the terms are unfamiliar. What’s a kilowatt exactly? How is that different from a megawatt?

There’s a handy cheat sheet here that explains all the measurements, but I find them a little hard to visualize. Fortunately, there are a lot of great photos out there on the Web! Below are a few wind turbine photos as a frame of reference. You can find many more wind turbine photos online by visiting the Web site of the National Renewable Energy Lab.

Small Wind Turbines 

Wind turbine in a cornfield 

The smallest home wind systems are equal to about a kilowatt. For example, the wind turbine pictured in this cornfield is a 1 kilowatt wind turbine.



 



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