Wind energy

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From its rebirth in the early 1980s, the rate of development of wind energy has been dramatic. Today, other than hydropower, it is the most important of the renewable sources of power. The UK Government and the EU Commission have adopted targets for renewable energy generation of 10 and 12% of consumption, respectively. Much of this, by necessity, must be met by wind energy. The US Department of Energy has set a goal of 6% of electricity supply from wind energy by 2020. For this potential to be fully realized, several aspects, related to public acceptance, and technical issues, related to the expected increase in penetration on the electricity network and the current drive towards larger wind turbines, need to be resolved. Nevertheless, these challenges will be met and wind energy will, very likely, become increasingly important over the next two decades. An overview of the technology is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)957-970
Number of pages14
JournalPhilosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number1853
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2007


  • conservation of energy resources
  • electricity
  • energy-generating resources
  • forecasting
  • internationality
  • power plants
  • technology assessment, biomedical
  • wind
  • technical development
  • wind power
  • resource
  • public acceptance


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