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Category: Environment

Ten Fascinating Facts About Wind Energy

  1. Humans have used wind power for more than 3,500 years.
  2. Modern wind turbines have three blades to better balance the torque created by each blade with the wake left by the blades’ motion.
  3. Polyurethane is now being used to manufacture wind turbine blades.
  4. Wind turbines are white to help them be visible from aircraft above as well as to reflect heat from the sun.
  5. Offshore wind turbines can generate up to 8 megawatts of energy apiece.
  6. Polyurethane improves the design, durability, and performance of wind turbine blades.
  7. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 20 percent of the electricity in the United States could be provided from wind energy with the existing transmission infrastructure.
  8. In 2017, American wind power generated enough energy to power 24 million homes.
  9. The U.S. wind energy industry currently supports 105,500 full-time jobs.
  10. June 15th has been named Global Wind Day, which includes a photography contest showcasing wind turbines.