Wind Power Generators – a Dynamically Developing Field of the Energy Sector Cover Image

Вятърните генератори – динамично развиващ се сектор от енергетиката
Wind Power Generators – a Dynamically Developing Field of the Energy Sector

Author(s): Vanya Zhivkova
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Стопанска академия »Д. А. Ценов«
Keywords: wind power generation; wind power generation plants

Summary/Abstract: Wind power generation is the economic sector, which, in recent years, has rapidly come into its own and attracted the serious interest of investors. This development poses various challenges not only in terms of technology and finance, but also in terms of re-consideration of existing energy problems. The investments in wind power generation mean protection of the environment, autonomy of the energy sector, new business opportunities and jobs. Wind power is generated from the mechanical power of the wind by transforming its kinetic energy into electricity by means of wind power generators. As a source of energy wind has many advantages over conventional electrical power sources - wind cannot be depleted; the power generation process does not pollute the environment and hence does not contribute to climatic changes; there are no operational costs for purchasing the fuels for power generation; the electricity that is given out is relatively cheap. The main disadvantage of wind as a source of energy is that it is unstable. The greatest risk related to wind power generation is the unpredictability. The only way to minimize this risk is the thorough preliminary analysis of the wind conditions, which depend on the ground relief, the terrain, and some other characteristics of the specific location and the surrounding area. The best location for wind power generation in Bulgaria is the northern Black Sea coast in the vicinity of Shabla and Kavarna. What we need is a strategy for the development of wind power generation to ensure the implementation of projects for wind power generation plants in Bulgaria in terms of technical and economic feasibility as well as environmental and social sustainability.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 113
  • Page Range: 269-309
  • Page Count: 41
  • Language: Bulgarian