Wind turbines convert around 45% of the wind passing through the blades into electricity (and almost 50% at peak efficiency)6,7. Wind farm capacity factors are lower than coal and baseload gas plants, but they use their energy source more efficiently and can be large-scale suppliers of electricity.
Correspondingly, how do we get energy from wind turbines?
Wind turbines operate on a simple principle. The energy in the wind turns two or three propeller-like blades around a rotor. The rotor is connected to the main shaft, which spins a generator to create electricity. Click on the image to see an animation of wind at work.
Can you store energy from solar panels?
With solar batteries, you get to keep the electricity your solar panels generated. Houses with solar who don't also have energy storage like home batteries have no way to use the excess electricity generated during the day when the sun is shining and solar energy is in abundance.