wind energy

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Energy from moving air, usually in the form of electrical energy that is produced by wind‐driven turbines. Wind energy has been traditionally exploited to drive windmills, and more recently by wind turbines and wind farms. The use of wind power around the world has risen rapidly since the early 1980s. Electricity generation from wind power looks likely to increase further in the future, because it is cheap, environmentally clean, and eases distribution problems in remote areas. Many countries have great untapped wind energy potential. Also known as wind power. See also wind farm, windmill.

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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