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Windmills have been around since the Middle Ages.
The first recorded evidence of windmills being used
for pumping water and grinding grain was in 7 AD in
Persia. Then China got a hold of the idea and it spread
to Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean. The European
mill appears to have developed independently from
the others because the design is so different. The
predecessor to our modern windmill dates back to
France in 1105 and England in 1180. In the 14th
century, the Dutch took windmills to a whole new level
with their \u201ctower\u201d mills using canvas sails stretched
across four wooden lattice frames like a big X. Their
objective was moving enormous amounts of water
into higher basins and canals. By the end of the 16th
century thousands of windmills were pumping and
grinding in western Europe. By the late 19th century,
the count was 30,000\u2014and, miraculously, there was
still enough wind to go around.
pumps and mills, producing an estimated combined peak power of about 30 MW.
The first windmill for electricity production was built in Cleveland, Ohio by
Charles F Brush in 1888, and in 1908 there were 72 wind-driven electric
generators from 5 kW to 25 kW. The largest machines were on 24 m (79 ft)
towers with four-bladed 23 m (75 ft) diameter rotors. Around the time of World
War I, American windmill makers were producing 100,000 farm windmills each
year, most for water-pumping. By the 1930s windmills for electricity were
common on farms, mostly in the United States where distribution systems had
not yet been installed. In this period, high-tensile steel was cheap, and windmills
were placed atop prefabricated open steel lattice towers.
Henry Lawson-Tancred and was built by Ray Horner and Wilson (Widge) Conning
in Boroughbridge near York in the North of England. It could create up to 100 kW
of power and looked very much like the modern day turbines incorporating a
three bladed propeller.
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