Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Something in the air: Wind adds to power at COP15

The word wind energy or wind power is becoming more common every day and it describes the process by which the wind is used to generate electricity. It has been proven that these types of energy help reduce carbon emissions.
Denmark was ready to showcase to the world how to increase energy efficiency with the impressive display of a 6.1 meter blade or a wind turbine at the Bella Centre host venue for the  United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen this week. Delegates, media, NGOs and other participants were greeted with the sight of the wind turbine blade at the conference venue with another wind turbine in some distance at the back already in operation to provide electricity during the event.

The rotor blade said to be the world’s longest wind turbine blade in serial production was installed at the building’s main entrance as a greeting to the delegates of COP15 representing the significant developments made in renewable wind energy.
The wind turbine at the rear has been in operation since February 2009 and has had a total energy production of 854,200 kWH since.

Also, it has been able to save 770 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Free hot beverages like coffee, chai tea and cappuccino are also available for delegates arriving by the metro in the morning which has been generated from the wind turbine energy.

The negotiations on climate change could not have had a better start than this showing that action needs to be taken now.
Rachna Lal
Climate Pasifika Media

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