Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wind Power

The wind blows quite strongly over the relatively flat country of Denmark, and the Danes have a history of harvesting this energy.
Denmark supplies both technology and know how for wind generating energy throughout the world .
On the west coast of Denmark, in the region of Thy, one can find the village of Klitmoller.
Frequently buffeted by strong winds blowing off the North sea,
it is paradise to wind, kite and board surfers
as well as to those hoping to catch some waves in kayaks.
Thy has 70% of its electricity generated by approximately 230 wind mills.
Additionally, heat for homes is supplied by burning waste, geothermal heat and from burning straw.
We passed 2 modern windmill factories during our travels, and marveled at the insides of the long pipes that support them!

In 1996, Thy became the world's leading producer in the field of windmill operations.
Today, the Island of Samso is completely energy sufficient and actually exports energy! Asked if bothered by the ubiquitous windmills, the Danes I inquired responded that the windmills had a positive presence.
They are making clean energy for Denmarkand inspire hope for more sustainable energy in the future!


Mary Jane said...

Oh Kristin, your pictures are beautiful. I especially like the fisherman's gloves! I saw these wind mills all over Eastern Washington too.

Richard at Point 65 said...

Nice photos! I put some from the Distributor event on mine. You are on it.
Kram Richard

Amber Rose said...

Those pictures ARE so beautiful. I love the woodstove :) What a wonderful post. Hopefully, someday...people will become more motivated in terms of alternative energy...