This is an example of cross-language copy adaptation, in which a draft of the web content was supplied to me by a Dutch agency, in imperfect English, as it had been received by them from their Dutch client. The requirement was to maintain the factual content of the draft, while rewriting the whole into good, contemporary business English. Web content cross-language redraft for Wind Energy Solutions.
Energy from the wind? How does that work, exactly?
The simplest way to think about it is to consider that a wind turbine works in exactly the opposite way to a fan.
Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, turbines use the wind to make electricity.
Almost all wind turbines producing electricity consist of rotor blades which rotate around a horizontal hub. The hub is connected to a generator, which is located inside the nacelle, the large part at the top of the tower where all the electrical components are located.
The wind turns the blades, the blades spin the shaft and this connects to a generator, which is where the electricity is made. A generator is a machine that produces electrical energy from mechanical energy, the opposite of an electric motor which turns electric energy into mechanical motion.
The more wind there is, the higher the electricity production, and the term ‘more wind’ refers to both how fast the wind blows and how often it blows. The average speed over time is more important than the speed at any given moment.
The higher the altitude, the greater the wind speeds experienced. So, the higher the tower a turbine is mounted on, the more wind it catches. Finally, flat terrain creates a better quality of wind than rough terrain, which creates turbulence.
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