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Monday, March 18, 2013

Historical Development of the Windmill

The wind turbine has had a singular history among prime movers. Its genesis is lost in antiquity, but its existence as a provider of useful mechanical power for the last thousand years has been authoritatively established for recognition as historical fact by most professional historians of technology. The windmill, which once flourished along with the water wheel as one of the two prime movers based on the kinetic energy of natural sources, reached its apogee of utility in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Its use then began to decline, as prime movers based on the thermal energy from the combustion of fuel took precedence. Steam engines, steam turbines, and oil and gas engines provided more powerful and more compact machines, adaptable to a multitude of uses other then just the grinding of grain and the pumping of water. These new heat engines also were continuously available rather then subject tot he vagaries of nature, and they could be located at the job site rather the requiring that the job be brought to them.

Date of Report: March 6, 2013
Number of Pages: 47
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