20th okt, 2009

History of the windmill

Green energy is one of the areas where innovation is picking up these years due to the climate and environmental agenda. 

Wired has the story of the first real windmill (in a commercial sense) The Smith-Putnam wind turbine, put into operation in 1941. The mill failed in 1945, throwing one of its 75-foot blades off the construction. The failure hurt the wind power advocates but luckily the industry is thriving today with innovators like Vestas are producing new windmills. The 1945 windmill produced 1.25 megawatts and todays mills produce around 3 megawatts.

 

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