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Energy resources: Wind energy

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Wind energy was the fastest growing power source at the start of the 21st century, yet wind-driven mills and pumps, and nautical sails for transport, were, along with waterwheels, the first mechanical devices to power industrial production. The advantages of harnessing wind energy are obvious; it is free, clean and widely available. This free course, Energy resources: Wind energy, explores wind as a potential source of useable energy.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the principles that underlie the ability of various natural phenomena to deliver wind energy
  • outline the technologies that are used to harness the power of the wind
  • discuss the positive and negative aspects of wind energy in relation to natural and human aspects of the environment.

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