The Wind Power Story Part I: The Pioneers
image credit: Owens, Brandon (2019) The Wind Power Story, Wiley-IEEE Press
- Jul 15, 2019 6:54 pm GMT
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I just finished a five year project to document the history of wind power innovation and write the book "The Wind Power Story: A Century of Innovation that Reshaped the Global Energy Landscape." The book will be published and released by Wiley-IEEE Press in the next month. It provides a comprehensive review of the rise of wind power over the last century and provides insight on the future of wind power.
In advance of the release of the book, I created a seven part presentation series that highlights the key wind turbine innovations over the last century. The presentations feature hand drawn illustrations of the most noteworthy wind turbines throughout history. The first presentation focused on the wind power pioneers, who built the first prototype wind turbines in at the end of the nineteenth century. It's surprising how innovative these initial designs were and fascinating to see elements of twenty-first century designs in the nineteen century prototypes.