Do windmills spoil your view?

  • Due Jun 2, 2014 at 9:59pm
  • Points 1
  • Questions 1
  • Time Limit None


Like solar, wind energy does not produce climate-changing emissions. Also like solar, the feasibility of wind energy depends on location and weather. I personally think windmills are beautiful and quiet, especially compared with some of the other things we build. Not everyone agrees, so wind energy is susceptible to the "not in my backyard" argument. In this module, you will: evaluate current technologies to produce energy from wind; and identify future directions for economically sustainable wind energy.

“When the wind changes directions, there are those who build walls and those who build windmills.” – Chinese proverb

Reading & Video

Read  Sustainable Energy: Without the Hot Air, by David MacKay Chapter 4, and Technical Chapter B

Read about and play around with this Large-scale Wind Power Calculator and this Wind Map

Watch the following videos:

William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

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