The Wind Of Wind Energy Essay

980 Words Nov 20th, 2014 4 Pages
Wind energy has been utilized by people since 500 and 900 B.C., to help pump water and grind grain by the Persians. As different cultures harnessed the power wind had to offer, windmills spread from Persia to the surrounding areas of the Middle East. Food Production leaned on windmills extensively. In 5,000 B.C., wind power propelled boats along the Nile River. Wind power technology spread north to the European countries, where windmills helped drain lakes and marches in the Rhine River Delta. In the 1800’s wind power helped farmers in North America pump water for irrigation systems. Windmills also generated power for homes and business. Daniel Halladay and John Burnham started the U.S. Wind Engine Company and built the Halladay Windmill, which designed the landscape of the West in the 1850’s. Around 1890 through 1894 the invention of the steel blade made the wind mill more efficient. Large windmills which are called turbines started popping up all around Denmark. Chicago World’s Fair showcases 15 windmills companies and their wind turbine designs.
By the 1940’s the largest wind turbine begins operating on the Vermont hilltop “Grandpa’s Knob.” At winds up to 30 mph this wind turbine would feed electric power to the local utility network for several months during World War ll. In the 1950’s most of the wind turbines in the U.S. were shut down due to obsoleteness. The price of oil skyrockets and so do the interest and research in wind turbines and the power they can…

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