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The Wind Power Story Part V: The Disruptors

Source: Owens, Brandon. The Wind Power Story. John Wiley & Sons, 2019.

This is the fifth part in a seven part series on the history of wind power innovation based on my new book, The Wind Power Story (https://amzn.to/2YGXmSU), which is available to ship this month. This installment focuses on wind turbine technology disruption in the 1990s, which laid the groundwork for wind power to take off in the twenty-first century!

 

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Matt Chester on Aug 20, 2019 2:25 pm GMT

I'm enjoying this series, Brandon, so thanks for continuing to share!

It looks like the big progress in the 90s came from technological development, but were there other factors that significantly came into play to help push this along-- whether market forces, policies, or something else?

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Brandon Owens on Aug 20, 2019 7:28 pm GMT

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the question. Actually, it was the policy push, first in Europe and then in the United States, that jumpstarted wind power developing starting in the 1990s. That's how an increasing amount of momentum gathered toward the end of the 1990s in countries like the US, Spain, Denmark, and Germany. The technological gains in the 1990s reflected more of a linear progression of the improvements in size and capabilitiy that had been in motion since the late 1970s/early 1980s. 

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