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THE HISTORY OF WIND POWER - 4

V. Ryan 2005 - 2009

 

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Throughout the 1960s, a German Technologist called Professor Ulrich Hutter designed a number of wind generators that used modern materials such as fibreglass and types of plastics. The lighter materials meant that the device could operate in lighter winds, generating electricity. Slowly but surely, wind powered turbines were beginning to look economic to build and maintain.

   

 

   

Due mainly to the rapid rise in oil prices throughout the late 1970s and 1980s the development of wind generators (turbines) accelerated. Recently wars and unstable governments in oil producing regions has led to the understanding that alternative forms of energy production have to be developed. Also, there is a greater understanding that using fossil fuels to produce electricity causes pollution that damages the environment and causes global warming.
Some modern designs are shown below. They are built from composite materials that are light and very strong.

   
 
   
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