Wind energy is a source of renewable energy where electricity is generated by harnessing the natural power of the wind.
Wind energy is used all over the world, primarily for electricity generation both onsite and for transporting to the grid. Wind energy is also used globally to pump water, predominantly in regional areas.
We can drive these industries, powering the global economies and help create jobs as we transition away from fossil fuels.
We know there will be many key markets for green hydrogen in the coming decade and by building on our existing supply chain capabilities and market access, we see an exciting opportunity for us to be at the forefront of developing an export market for green hydrogen.
A wind turbine is a tower, topped by an enclosure called a nacelle and a propeller like rotor. The nacelle houses an electrical generator, power control and other mechanical equipment, connected to the rotor blades.
Wind striking the rotor blades causes it to spin and when wind speeds are high enough, the rotational energy in the rotor is converted to electrical energy in the generator. This electrical energy is transferred to a transformer and substation where its voltage is increased, allowing it to be sent via transmission to power the processes behind green hydrogen and green ammonia production.
Fortescue’s wind energy infrastructure will follow the principal of inherently safe design; ensuring hazards are eliminated wherever possible, reduced through substitution or controlled through engineering solutions.
Designed and manufactured to Australian and international safety standards, wind turbines are made to operate in a range of wind conditions. They can be turned on or off if wind conditions exceed their maximum capacity and they have brake systems that can hold the blades still.
Wind farms are equipped with comprehensive lightning protection systems that transfer voltages and currents safely to the ground, similar to tall buildings.