If we had to make a Top 3 of the resources that have helped man to develop as a species since the beginning of its existence, there would probably be little doubt that the discovery of fire and the invention of the wheel are two of the main keys. Perhaps it would be more doubtful giving the wind the role that certainly deserves in the history of mankind, probably because it is a natural resource that we didn’t need to discover or invent, it just was there long before we started to walk.
However, the importance of wind on human activities and its interaction in the planet's biodiversity is more than vital, so in order to spread its outstanding performance we celebrate this Monday, June 15, the Global Wind Day.
During this event, countries, organizations and companies participate transmitting citizens the multiple benefits that wind generate, primarily as a source of renewable energy.
Wind energy is a source of renewable energy. It does not contaminate, it is inexhaustible and reduces the use of fossil fuels, which are the origin of greenhouse gasses that cause global warming. Currently in the world there are wind farms generating energy thanks to the wind for more than 74,000 MW power, which means an increase of almost 25% over the past five years and a promising future, as it is estimated that in the next five years wind energy will provide 1,200,000 jobs.
Countries such as Germany, USA and Spain are at the forefront of research and implementation of wind. It is the most used renewable energy in Spain a short distance from nuclear energy: in 2014, wind accounted for 20.4% of total energy produced; while nuclear energy represented the 21.9%.
The wind, a human history key
What do we owe the wind? These are just some of the main benefits:
- Sea transport: key to the exploration and discovery of the world
- Seed transport: vital for pollination of plants
- Moving clouds: essential for the water cycle
- Operation of mills: base of the economy in many agricultural communities
Do you know other uses of wind? Share them with us!