In reality, wind energy is a converted form of solar energy. The sun's radiation heats different parts of the earth at different rates-most notably during the day and night, but also when different surfaces (for example, water and land) absorb or reflect at different rates. This in turn causes portions of the atmosphere to warm differently. Hot air rises, reducing the atmospheric pressure at the earth's surface, and cooler air is drawn in to replace it. The result is wind.
Air has mass, and when it is in motion, it contains the energy of that motion ("kinetic energy"). A wind energy system transforms the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical or electrical energy that can be harnessed for practical use.
Mechanical energy is most commonly used for pumping water in rural or remote locations- the "farm windmill" still seen in many rural areas of the U.S. is a mechanical wind pumper - but it can also be used for many other purposes (grinding grain, sawing, pushing a sailboat, etc.). Wind electric turbines generate electricity for homes and businesses and for sale to utilities.
Pieper Electric offers the same services for Wind projects as it does for all other Renewable Energy Solutions; Consultation, Design, Engineering, Installation, and Complete Maintenance Programs for any project.
Completed Wind Projects
- Mequon Nature Preserve, Mequon, WI
- Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mequon Campus, WI