View all images

How do wind turbines generate electricity?

In the UK, the largest renewable source is wind. The interactive diagram above takes you though the steps that enable us to extract electricity from little more than movement in the air.

These giant turbines emit no carbon dioxide, create clean energy from renewable wind, and provide a significant amount of energy for homes and businesses.

Some people don't like wind turbines because they view them as ugly - a blot on the natural landscape, or they think that they make too much noise. What do you think?

Brought to you by:

Unit cover CE1416 GEO

Geography | Ages 14-16

Climate and Energy

Climate and Energy is an exciting unit which invites students to explore the connection between the global climate and energy use both locally and internationally, with a focus on renewable energy.

STEAM Activities age bookmark-fill icon bookmark boy-girl calendar chevron-down icon close icon compass cross icon download external icon facebook gallery icon instagram icon Instagram icon linkedin links icon live-lessons location mail icon map next play previous professional-development right-arrow icon search share single image social-media speaker spinner icon students subject-update teacher-resources tick icon time twitter user video-lesson video youtube