2. Wind Power

Oops . . . wind power was actually invented in 1887.

Windmills have been used to pump water and grind grain for centuries, but the first wind power turbine was built in 1887 by James Blyth, a Scottish professor.

His wind turbine was 33 feet tall and was fitted with four 13-foot arms covered in canvas sails. He patented his “wind engine” in 1891, but the first turbine to feed the grid wasn’t built until 1941 near near Rutland, Vt. Today wind power represents about 32 percent of all renewable electricity generated in the U.S., and recently broke a record in Texas.

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Windmills have been used to pump water and grind grain for centuries, but the first wind power turbine was built in 1887 by James Blyth, a Scottish professor.

His wind turbine was 33 feet tall and was fitted with four 13-foot arms covered in canvas sails. He patented his “wind engine” in 1891, but the first turbine to feed the grid wasn’t built until 1941 near near Rutland, Vt. Today wind power represents about 32 percent of all renewable electricity generated in the U.S., and recently broke a record in Texas.

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