Energy Resources: Wind Energy

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Learning Object

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. 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, and discuss the positive and negative aspects of wind energy in relation to natural and human aspects of the environment.

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The Open University (OUUK)

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