• Levels 1-2
  • 25 Jun 2023
  • 1 min read

Wind energy and turbines

Hiko ā hau me ngā kapohau

Wind power is the use of wind energy to generate power. We can use wind turbines to harness the power of the wind. The turbines rotate in the wind and make electricity by converting the kinetic energy from the wind. As it blows, it pushes the blades on the turbine causing them to rotate. The spinning blades are connected to a shaft which is then connected to a gear box, which then uses a generator to produce electricity. Genesis has 15 turbines at Hau Nui Wind Farm in the Wairarapa which have the combined capacity of 8.65MW.  

Within this resource, students are learning to understand the concept of energy being conveyed by wind and describe how wind turbines produce energy. They will use observations and record findings as part of their discovery.