wind turbine


Definition of wind turbine 

: a wind-driven turbine for generating electricity

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In the Heights GE’s proposed wind turbine will be nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "The Race to Build a Wind Behemoth," 24 Aug. 2018 New York, for example, wants to generate 50% of its power from renewable sources by 2030, even though such a goal would require covering nearly 1,000 square miles of the Empire State with wind turbines and solar panels. Paul H. Tice, WSJ, "Trump’s Half-Measures Won’t Save the Coal Industry," 16 Sep. 2018 For this study the authors looked at what the desert would look like if it was covered substantially with wind turbines and solar panels. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Solar Panels in the Sahara Could Make It Rain More," 7 Sep. 2018 WASHINGTON - Solar farms, wind turbines and hydroelectric dams are getting close to surpassing nuclear power plants contribution to the U.S. electrical grid, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Renewable energy tops 18 percent of U.S. electricity grid, rivaling nuclear," 15 Feb. 2018 The turbines look much like underwater wind turbines anchored to the sea floor that generate power as ocean currents flow across them. Courtney Humphries,, "Boston vs. the rising tide," 28 Apr. 2018 Giant wind turbines owned by Neoen, a French company, loom over it in the dusty red scrubland outside Jamestown, north of Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia. The Economist, "The power and the furoreA state election stirs a row about renewable energy in Australia," 8 Mar. 2018 That changed dramatically as individual wind turbines started growing larger and more powerful, generating more megawatt-hours for less money. Russell Gold, WSJ, "How a Florida Utility Became the Global King of Green Power," 18 June 2018 Backyard wind turbines aren't necessarily the focus for proponents of renewable power. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "On Anchorage’s windy mountainsides, turbines could reduce homeowners’ dependence on the grid," 16 May 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wind turbine was in 1909

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English Language Learners Definition of wind turbine

: a tall structure that has large blades attached to an engine and that is used to produce electricity

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