Wind Energy

Faculty Advisor

O'Shaughnessy, James C.


The more fossil fuels are depleted, the more of a need there is to find new forms of energy. This report takes a look at several different kinds of renewable energy before narrowing down its focus to wind energy. A variety of principles are discussed on how wind power and wind turbines function proving how important wind velocity is in producing electrical power. There is a cost and benefit analysis of the feasibility of wind power. This analysis found the economic costs of setting up wind turbines to be smaller than the potential gain the turbines can produce over time. There are also some effects that wind turbines can have on society such as federal and state tax incentives and the creation of new jobs.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Your accessibility may vary due to other restrictions.