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.