Power Cars Using Wind

There are a lot of people out there that are going to different auto junk yards and scavenging for different used parts that will help them improve their gas mileage. There are some other people that think we can just use wind power to make our cars go “vroom vroom”. What do you think?

Let’s think about powering cars using wind for a second, shall we? Let’s think about energy - this has to be produced and then consumed. Now let’s think about all of the different human behaviors, the different driving patterns, and all of the different habits that we all have; not to mention all of the changes that the weather goes through - especially here in California. After taking all this into consideration, gather your thoughts about how all of these things will combine in order to make your car go “vroom vroom”.

Once you’ve thought about it for like 2 minutes, you’ll probably agree that wind isn’t a great source of energy for our cars .. even though it is somewhat possible to do so.

There’s a professor at MIT that has been studying the interaction between alternative energy and electricity before people have been talking about global warming and stuff. He had said that when people start to look at the potential of wind power and our Fuel Tank, people should focus on seeing time instead of geography. To summarize it, instead of looking at where most of our electricity comes from, we should focus on where its needed.

As of now, most of the electricity that we use is produced with the use of steam turbines that’s fired through either gas, coal, or petroleum. Instead of turning them off at night, most companies will keep them on in order to produce more energy. Wind power doesn’t work this way - it usually depends more on weather patterns.

The best time to fabricate wind energy is during the winter months - the only thing is that the weather will vary from country to country. These are the kind of trends that will typically dictate the more immediate wind energy production.

Another thing is that wind power is realistically not enough to power a car. A car will use 500 gallons of fuel every single year - this is like filling up your Fuel Tank more than 100 times a year. If we were to base it on the same number, a car would need more or less 20,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year just to commute a conservative 10,000 miles. Back in 2006, the U.S. Department if Transportation had estimated the number of passenger cars at about 251 million - that’s a butt load of cars.

In other words, the country could possibly move over to electric vehicles in order to meet demand .. but it can’t do it using wind power alone.

Even though wind is usually affected by different seasonal variations, wind can eventually become a source for clean & renewable energy. The main advantage is that generating potential is not considered linear. This means that wind generation produces electricity to a power of three while in linear generation, one single turn of the generator would produce one kilowatt hour of electricity. Let me summarize it for you: the total amount of wind that’s needed to spin the generator through one rotation will actually produce 3 kilowatt hours.

Did you inform yourself?