Wind Power

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A free, clean and sustainable energy source for the future

Wind turbines first started to appear in the UK in the early 1990s and, as is often the case with new technologies, caused immediate controversy and debate. For some, they were noisy, structural abominations that scarred unspoiled landscapes. For others they were unsettling steel sentinels that would not have looked out of place in an H.G. Wells novel!

Yet, the wind turbine has a longer history than most of us know. It was invented during the Victorian age (ironically, the very era that has contributed most to global warming) by Scottish electrical engineer, James Blyth who, in 1887 installed the world’s first electricity-generating turbine at his home in Marykirk, Scotland. Wind turbines now stride across more than half of all the countries of the world.

Farming the Wind

Wind turbines work much in the same way as traditional windmills: their large blades, when caught by the wind, are blown round, causing rotational energy that can then be harnessed. In the past, this simple system was mostly used to grind flour or pump water, but with modern turbines, generated electricity is the end product. Today wind turbines are often forested into "wind farms", usually in offshore locations. Walney Wind Farm off the coast of Cumbria is the world's largest wind farm, while the UK as a whole is considered one of the best locations in the world for wind generated power, with 18% of its electricity being produced via wind turbine technology. Globally, wind power is seen as one of the most practical and reliable alternatives to fossil fuels, since the electricity generated is both renewable and cheap compared to that produced in traditional fossil fuelled power plants.

Domestic Wind Turbines

Wind power is a sustainable and renewable energy source which produces no carbon emissions. As such, it is set to produce an increasing share of the world's electrical power, which should significantly help to reduce CO2 levels, the chief cause of global warming and climate change. Moreover, domestic wind turbines are now becoming more available and practical for energy conscious homeowners, with a lower carbon footprint and realistic energy savings being just two of the benefits of investing in this clean, renewable, environmentally-friendly energy source.

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