News & Articles on History of Wind Power

This page was prompted by a technical question about early electricity-generating wind turbines in the United States. The question followed a similar question about “who was the first” to interconnect a wind turbine with an electricity network. There is a lot of confusion internationally about both subjects.

The history of wind energy is a broad subject and many have written about it. I’ve pulled together a list of sources, books, links, and museums that I know about. This list is far from comprehensive. If anyone wants to add to this list or edit this list, please do so.

A number of the entries below are reviews I’ve written of books that include the history of wind energy. The original book can usually be reached from the review. Other news items are relevant to the history of wind turbine development.

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Charles Miller’s Four Blade Turbine of 1926: Indiana’s Contribution to Wind Energy History

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Paul Gipe

Miller was an inveterate inventor and the Madison County (Indiana) Historical Society has an exhibited devoted to his work. It was here that I first saw a clipping of his wind turbine.

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Dutch Transplant Wants to Save a Czech Watermill

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Paul Gipe

Wherein we reconnect with a Dutch miller and learn of his campaign to preserve his adopted country’s watermills.

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Photos of Germania, Zilvermeeuw, Kinderdijk, and Zaanse Schans Windmills Posted

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Paul Gipe

I am continuing to update my web site by posting a series of photographs taken many years ago of Dutch …

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Was Anderson Indiana a Part of Wind Industry History?

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Paul Gipe

I don’t have a good answer to that question. All I know is that I stumbled a cross a faded newspaper clipping at the Madison County Historical Society that pictured a wind turbine that I’d never seen before. Not only was it an unknown wind turbine—to me certainly—but that I’d never seen reference to it or its inventor Charles E. Miller before.

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Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills–A Review

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Paul Gipe

Finally an answer to a question that has gnawed at me for decades: Where did one of the great windmill manufacturers of all time get the name Aermotor? Why not Aeromotor? That was the way I’ve spelled it—in error–many times. Why not Airmotor? That’s certainly what it was.

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Catching the Wind of the World (the Aerodyn Story)—a Review

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Paul Gipe

Den Wind der Welt einfangen is part of series of retrospectives being issued by pioneers in the field of wind energy as they near retirement. Written by freelance journalist Dierk Jensen, Catching the Wind of the World (the English title) traces the growth of a German company that designs wind turbines: Aerodyn.