Wind Farms

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    First Windmills 500-900A.D

    First Windmills 500-900A.D
    The first windmills were developed to automate the tasks of grain-grinding and water-pumping and the earliest-known design is the vertical axis system developed in Persia about 500-900 A.D. he first known documented design is also of a Persian windmill, this one with vertical sails made of bundles of reeds or wood which were attached to the central vertical shaft by horizontal struts
  • Period: 500 to

    Expansion of Wind Farms

  • The Spread of Wind Power Technology

    The Spread of Wind Power Technology
    Eventually, around 1,000 A.D., wind power technology spread north to European countries such as The Netherlands, which adapted windmills to help drain lakes and marches in the Rhine River Delta.
  • Wind Power in North America(Late 1800's)

    Wind Power in North America(Late 1800's)
    In the late 1800s Wind power in North America helps farmers and ranchers pump water for irrigation and windmills generate electricity for homes and businesses.
  • Daniel Halladay and John Burnham

    Daniel Halladay and John Burnham
    In the1850s Daniel Halladay and John Burnham start the U.S. Wind Engine Company and build the Halladay Windmill, which is designed for the landscape of the American West
  • Welcoming wind power in Denmark

    Welcoming wind power in Denmark
    In the1890 Larger windmills, called wind turbines, begin appearing on hills in Denmark.
  • Invention of Steel Blades(Late 1890's)

    Invention of Steel Blades(Late 1890's)
    In the late 1890sThe invention of steel blades for windmills makes them more efficient and as homesteaders move west, more than six million windmills are erected throughout the
  • Chicago World's Fair

    Chicago World's Fair
    In1893 The Chicago World’s Fair showcases 15 windmill companies and their wind turbine designs.
  • Operating on "Grandps's Knob"

    Operating on "Grandps's Knob"
    in the 1940s The largest wind turbine begins operating on a Vermont hilltop known as “Grandpa’s Knob.” It is rated at 1.25 megawatts (MW) in winds of about 30 mph and feeds electric power to the local utility network for several months during World War II.
  • Inactivity of Wind Turbines

    Inactivity of Wind Turbines
    In 1950s Most wind turbines in the United States are shut down because of disuse.
  • Money, Money, Money

    Money, Money, Money
    In 1970s The price of oil skyrockets and so does interest and research in wind turbines and the power they generate.
  • Regulatory Policies Act

    Regulatory Policies Act
    In 1978 Congress passes the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, which requires companies to buy a certain amount of electricity from renewable energy sources, including wind.
  • “The Viterna Method”

    “The Viterna Method”
    In 1981 National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists Larry Viterna and Bob Corrigan develop “The Viterna Method,” which goes on to become the most common method used for predicting wind turbine performance, thus increasing the efficiency of turbine output to this day.
  • Cali

    Cali
    In 1990 More than 2,200 MW of wind energy capacity is installed around California, creating more than half of the world’s capacity for wind power.
  • The Energy Policy Act

    The Energy Policy Act
    In 1992 The Energy Policy Act authorizes a production tax credit of 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of wind-power-generated electricity and re-establishes a focus on renewable energy use.
  • The cost of wind-power-generated

    The cost of wind-power-generated
    In 2000 The cost of wind-power-generated electricity is between 4 to 6 cents per kWh.
  • The cost of electricity from wind-generated

    The cost of electricity from wind-generated
    In 2004 The cost of electricity from wind-generated sources drops to 3 to 4 cents per kWh.
  • Energy

    Energy
    In 2007 Wind produces enough energy to power roughly 2.5 million homes and makes up 5% of the renewable energy used in the United States.
  • Department of Energy

    Department of Energy
    In 2008 The U.S. Department of Energy publishes their 20% Wind Energy by 2030 initiative.
  • Wind Energy

    Wind Energy
    In 2008 The U.S. Department of Energy publishes their 20% Wind Energy by 2030 initiative.
  • Amount of Wind Energy

    Amount of Wind Energy
    In 2012 The amount of wind energy produced in the United States reaches the point of being able to power 15 million homes and becomes the number-one source of renewable electricity.
  • Jose Zaya

    Jose Zaya
    In 2013 Jose Zayas, Wind Program Director, announces Wind Vision, a new initiative to revist the findings of the 2008 report.
  • Wind energy

    Wind energy
    Wind energy is one of the most affordable forms of electricity today. In fact, in some cases it is cheaper than conventional fuels. Power purchase agreements are now being signed in the range of 5 to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is competitive with new gas-fired power plants. Wind energy also produces no emissions or waste and uses no water, making it the leading choice for new power generation.
  • Kinetic Energy

    Kinetic Energy
    Wind is created by the unequal heating of the Earth's surface by the sun. When the wind spins the wind turbine's blades, a rotor captures the kinetic energy of the wind and converts it into rotary motion to drive the generator. In this way, wind turbines convert the kinetic energy in wind into clean electricity.