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THE HISTORY OF WIND POWER - 2

V. Ryan 2005 - 2009

 

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WIND POWER IN EUROPE IN THE 1800s

Throughout the 1800s windmill technology evolved slowly. Wind mills like the one above were primarily used for milling grain and occasionally for pumping water. In the south of England large areas of marsh land were drained to become agricultural land through the use of these wind powered devices.

   
   

   

WIND POWER IN THE USA IN THE 1800s

In the USA wind powered devices like the one shown opposite were developed to pump water. These were especially useful in arid areas were deep wells were necessary to find drinking water.
In the 1800s the Halladay windmill was very popular with thousands been made. This basic design was reliable and was used even up to the 1940s.
Large versions of this design had rotors (propellers) of 18 metres in length.

   
 
   
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