Celebrating the awesomeness of wind power

Happy Global Wind Day. We’re celebrating with some of our favourite stories about wind turbines and all the cool ways they’re providing us with clean, climate-busting power.

Wind turbines power a lot of stuff...

In Scotland wind turbines constantly break records. In May they produced enough electricity for 95% of Scottish homes.  

Photo: Jaimi Lee Beale, creative commons.

Photo: Jaimi Lee Beale, creative commons.

Wind powered-trains have choo-choo-ed onto the tracks in the Netherlands. As of January 1st 2017, all electric trains are powered by wind turbines.

Photo: Mariano Mantel, creative commons.

Photo: Mariano Mantel, creative commons.

Wind is powering businesses (and beer)...

Facebook’s newest data centre is going to be 100% wind powered.

Photo: Duke Energy, creative commons.

Photo: Duke Energy, creative commons.

Google, Budweiser and even Abbey Road studios are all getting in on the act. 

Photo: Brent Flanders, creative commons.

Photo: Brent Flanders, creative commons.

...But it’s also great for communities

Berwickshire Housing Association just installed three new turbines in southern Scotland. They will use the money they make from the turbines (£20m over 25 years) to build 500 new homes.

Photo: Berwickshire community renewables

Photo: Berwickshire community renewables

New wind turbines are really clever

In India, two brothers have developed a small wind turbine that’ll generate enough power for the average home. It’s cheaper than an iPhone.  

Photo: Avantgarde Innovations

Photo: Avantgarde Innovations

On the giant scale - the world’s largest wind turbines have just started turning off the coast of Liverpool. One rotation of the blades alone is enough to power a home for 29 clean, green hours.

Photo: MHI Vestas offshore wind.

Photo: MHI Vestas offshore wind.

And getting realllllly innovative and smart, how about floating wind turbines. Eight are about to be installed off Aberdeenshire in deep, windy waters.

Photo: Untrakdrover, creative commons

Photo: Untrakdrover, creative commons

They’re replacing fossil fuels

In just a few months, America’s first offshore wind farm generated so much power, they’ve closed a diesel plant.

Photo: Deep Water Wind

Photo: Deep Water Wind

In the UK, wind beat coal. In 2016, wind turbines produced more electricity than coal for the first time ever.

Photo: Andrew, creative commons

Photo: Andrew, creative commons

American coal country has been hit hard as the coal industry declines. So one wind company is offering unemployed miners new jobs as wind farmers.

Photo: Wild Earth Guardians, creative commons.

Photo: Wild Earth Guardians, creative commons.

We <3 them

In Britain, wind is the cheapest type of new electricity generation we have. It’s popular too - 73% of the public support it.

Happy Global Wind Day!


Banner photo: Adrian S Jones, creative commons.