Wind Energy Basics from nrel’s National Wind Technology Center

We have been harnessing the wind’s energy for hundreds of years. From old Holland to farms in the United States, windmills have been used for pumping water or grinding grain. Today, the windmill’s modern equivalent—a wind turbine—can use the wind’s energy to generate electricity. Much of the wind industry’s success can be attributed to the research conducted at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). Funded by the US Department of Energy Wind Energy Technologies Program, research conducted at the NWTC has led to the development of multi-megawatt wind turbines that produce electricity at a cost that is starting to compete with conventional energy sources in the marketplace. For a text version of this video, visit

ATETV Episode 18: Wind Energy Technology; From Salt Water to Drinking Water

This week, ATE and the environment: a grandfather studies for a new green job in wind energy and making salt water into drinking water.