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The Wind Energy Knowledge Resource provides information to help USACE evaluate and implement the use of wind energy technologies towards the Federal Government renewable energy goals. As wind energy is technically complex, the Wind Energy Knowledge Resource provides a valuable service that is increasing USACE capabilities to deliver wind energy projects.

Wind energy technologies use the energy in wind for practical purposes such as generating electricity, charging batteries, pumping water, and grinding grain.

Most wind energy technologies can be used as stand-alone applications, connected to a utility power grid, or even combined with a photovoltaic system. For utility-scale sources of wind energy, a large number of turbines are usually built close together to form a wind farm that provides grid power. Several electricity providers use wind farms to supply power to their customers.

Stand-alone turbines are typically used for water pumping or communications. Learn more about small wind electric systems from Department of Energy: Energy Saver.

Contact: Wind@usace.army.mil

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The first of three wind turbines is installed at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, using an Energy Saving Performance Contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.
Wind turbine installation at Fort Buchanan
The first of three wind turbines is installed at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, using an Energy Saving Performance Contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.
Engineers install the first of three 275-kilowatt wind turbines to be erected on Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, as part of a 10-project energy and water reduction effort that includes wind power generation, solar photovoltaic systems, and water conservation measures.
Wind turbine installation at Fort Buchanan
Engineers install the first of three 275-kilowatt wind turbines to be erected on Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, as part of a 10-project energy and water reduction effort that includes wind power generation, solar photovoltaic systems, and water conservation measures.
A contractor makes adjustments to the wind turbine 120 feet above Buckhorn Recreation Area at Black Butte Lake. Installation of the turbine took place March 13, 2013. Expected to go online within 30 days, the turbine will help supply the needs of campers.
Wind power comes to Black Butte Lake
A contractor makes adjustments to the wind turbine 120 feet above Buckhorn Recreation Area at Black Butte Lake. Installation of the turbine took place March 13, 2013. Expected to go online within 30 days, the turbine will help supply the needs of campers.
Contractors are hoisted aloft to check the power head atop the 120-foot mast of the wind turbine during final assembly March 13, 2013, at Black Butte Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park near Orland, Calif. Expected to go online within 30 days, the turbine can generate 11 kilowatts of energy and will help supply the needs of campers in the park.
Checking under the hood
Contractors are hoisted aloft to check the power head atop the 120-foot mast of the wind turbine during final assembly March 13, 2013, at Black Butte Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park near Orland, Calif. Expected to go online within 30 days, the turbine can generate 11 kilowatts of energy and will help supply the needs of campers in the park.
The 120-foot galvanized steel tower for the wind turbine is erected March 13, 2013, at Black Butte Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park near Orland, Calif. Expected to go online within 30 days, the turbine can generate 11 kilowatts of energy and will help supply the needs of campers in this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park.
Shining tower of power
The 120-foot galvanized steel tower for the wind turbine is erected March 13, 2013, at Black Butte Lake, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park near Orland, Calif. Expected to go online within 30 days, the turbine can generate 11 kilowatts of energy and will help supply the needs of campers in this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District park.
The new wind turbine at Council Grove Lake in Kansas is capable of producing enough energy to power 24 100-watt light bulbs or 6-8 computers.
Wind turbine at Council Grove Lake
The new wind turbine at Council Grove Lake in Kansas is capable of producing enough energy to power 24 100-watt light bulbs or 6-8 computers.
An 11-kilowatt wind turbine like this one will be installed at Black Butte Lake park, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District recreational area near Orland, Calif.
11 kilowatt wind turbine for Black Butte Lake
An 11-kilowatt wind turbine like this one will be installed at Black Butte Lake park, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District recreational area near Orland, Calif.
Wind turbines working in the ocean. Wind power is being investigated as a sustainable resource in South Carolina.
Wind turbines in ocean
Wind turbines working in the ocean. Wind power is being investigated as a sustainable resource in South Carolina.
Wind turbines working in a field in Michigan.
Wind turbines in field
Wind turbines working in a field in Michigan.