Charles F. Brush of Cleveland, Ohio, was the first person to use wind to power energy sources in the winter of 1887. He used the wind turbine around his home to power cellular batteries that were in the basement of his mansion, creating the first recorded electrical use of wind power.Continue Reading
Wind has been used as the driving force behind the power of many things for around 3,000 years. It dates back to the Egyptian empire times when things were powered with wind through water and occasionally, on land. It is a constant source of energy and movement. While wind was used for many years throughout Africa and Europe, it was never extremely popular in the United States because there were other means for power, such as electric.
As the years have gone by, wind power like most things, has become increasingly more efficient. It was once used solely to power irrigation systems, but it is now able to power entire homes and even towns. Wind power generally comes from wind farms, which are large groupings of windmills spaced apart. These windmills are able to take the energy that comes from mills, send it into an exchange area and turn it into energy that is essential for life. Wind energy is often more efficient than the use of oils and even coals. It is also much cheaper and is a sustainable source that is not expected to go anywhere. Every year, more wind farms are being built to help reach the number needed for everything to be powered by wind energy.Learn more about Inventions
A windmill's function is to harness the power of the wind to generate useful energy for humans. In the past, people used this energy to grind grain or pump water. More modern windmills turn wind energy into electrical power.Full Answer >
The ancient Egyptians were the first people known to harness wind energy, using it to power boats up and down the Nile River as long ago as 5000 B.C. In ancient Persia, windmills were used to grind harvested grain and pump water through early plumbing systems.Full Answer >
Windmills convert kinetic wind energy into mechanical power. Wind provides the energy required to turn the vanes of a windmill, which can be connected to a generator to generate electricity or used as a source of mechanical power for tasks such as pumping water or grinding grain.Full Answer >
Wind turbines turn the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy and then electricity through the use of a shaft and a gearbox that power an internal generator. Sensors in the wind turbine allow it to turn and adjust its angle for optimum wind capture. Electricity from the turbine generator goes to a substation, where it is converted to a high voltage capable of transportation through power lines.Full Answer >