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Wind turbines helping to keep the lights on


Staff writers
January 23, 2013 — In open fields across the world, wind turbines are doing their part to provide a more environmentally-friendly way to produce energy. But before these large statue-like creations partner up with the elements, they need to be assembled.


About 20% of the electricity produced in Denmark is derived from wind power
About 20% of the electricity produced in Denmark is derived from wind power

According to Peter Tyszewicz of B.C.'s Endurance Wind Power, a turbine can be built in 80-100 hours.

"We probably manufacture 10 or 12 a week our of our facility," he says, "and we have the capacity to build about 500 a year here."

Endurance Wind Power produces turbines for Canadian and International markets.

The turbines function by capturing the wind in the blades, which turns the gearbox and the generator, creating electricity.

A 50 kilowatt turbine can produce enough electricity to power up to 20 homes.

Deriving energy from wind is nothing new -- the process has been used in milling and irrigation processes for centuries.

But now, an increasing number of communities are turning to wind turbines to power their buildings.

About 20% of the electricity produced in Denmark is derived from wind power.

In Canada, roughly 1 million homes are powered by turbines.



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