Wind History



Dates
Events
50,000 years ago
People used wind to control fires
5,000 years ago
The 1st boat sailed on the Mediterranean Sea using wind.
3,000 years ago
Chinese used wind to power war kites.
1612
windmills were invented
1612
People used wind to irrigate land, cut wood, and pump water.
1692
Christopher Columbus used wind to sail back and forth from North America and England.
1854
Holland improved windmills by giving them propeller type blades.
1887
Professor James Blyth experimented with 3 different turbine designs to power his house.
1887
Charles F. Brush built a 12Kw turbine to charge 408 batteries.
1890s
Poul la Cour discovered that fast rotating wind turbines with fewer blades were most efficient at generating electricity.
1920s
The 1st vertical axis turbine was invented by George Darrieus.
1991
The first onshore wind farm opened in Cornwall, UK.
2003
The first offshore wind farm opened in North Wales, UK.
Present
People still use windmills (or wind turbines) to grind grains, pump water, and cut wood.
windmill_from_climatelab.org.jpg
an old fashioned wind mill from climatelab.org


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