When it comes to wind power people are often drawn down the middle. Some people find wind farms beautiful things that should be seen as “clean” power stations. But other people hate wind turbines and often quote their low power creation. Love them or hate them, wind farms are popping up everywhere and some countries are producing vast amounts of energy from it…
10 – Canada (Wind Power Produced: 11,310 GWh)
Wiki Info: Wind power is the use of air flow through wind turbines to mechanically power generators for electric power. Wind power, as an alternative to burning fossil fuels, is plentiful, renewable, widely distributed, clean, produces no greenhouse gas emissions during operation, consumes no water and uses little land.
9 – Denmark (Wind Power Produced: 13,079 GWh)
Wiki Info: Wind farms consist of many individual wind turbines which are connected to the electric power transmission network. Onshore wind is an inexpensive source of electric power, competitive with or in many places cheaper than coal or gas plants.
8 – Italy (Wind Power Produced: 15,182 GWh)
Wiki Info: Offshore wind is steadier and stronger than on land, and offshore farms have less visual impact, but construction and maintenance costs are considerably higher. Small onshore wind farms can feed some energy into the grid or provide electric power to isolated off-grid locations.
7 – France (Wind Power Produced: 21,100 GWh)
Wiki Info: Wind power gives variable power which is very consistent from year to year but which has significant variation over shorter time scales. It is therefore used in conjunction with other electric power sources to give a reliable supply.
6 – India (Wind Power Produced: 37,155 GWh)
Wiki Info: As of 2015, Denmark generates 40% of its electric power from wind and at least 83 other countries around the world are using wind power to supply their electric power grids. In 2014, global wind power capacity expanded 16% to 369,553 MW. Yearly wind energy production is also growing rapidly and has reached around 4% of worldwide electric power usage, 11.4% in the EU.
5 – UK (Wind Power Produced: 40,310 GWh)
Wiki Info: Wind power has been used as long as humans have put sails into the wind. For more than two millennia wind-powered machines have ground grain and pumped water. Wind power was widely available and not confined to the banks of fast-flowing streams, or later, requiring sources of fuel. Wind-powered pumps drained the polders of the Netherlands, and in arid regions such as the American midwest or the Australian outback, wind pumps provided water for livestock and steam engines.
4 – Spain (Wind Power Produced: 52,000 GWh)
Wiki Info: The first windmill used for the production of electric power was built in Scotland in July 1887 by Prof James Blyth of Anderson’s College, Glasgow (the precursor of Strathclyde University).
3 – Germany (Wind Power Produced: 88,000 GWh)
Wiki Info: Across the Atlantic, in Cleveland, Ohio a larger and heavily engineered machine was designed and constructed in the winter of 1887–1888 by Charles F. Brush, this was built by his engineering company at his home and operated from 1886 until 1900. The Brush wind turbine had a rotor 17 metres (56 ft) in diameter and was mounted on an 18 metres (59 ft) tower.
2 – China (Wind Power Produced: 156,078 GWh)
Wiki Info: With the development of electric power, wind power found new applications in lighting buildings remote from centrally-generated power. Throughout the 20th century parallel paths developed small wind stations suitable for farms or residences, and larger utility-scale wind generators that could be connected to electric power grids for remote use of power.
1 – United States (Wind Power Produced: 183,892 GWh)
Wiki Info: These days wind-powered generators operate in every size range between tiny stations for battery charging at isolated residences, up to near-gigawatt sized offshore wind farms that provide electric power to national electrical networks