Wind energy is a result of the heating of the oceans, earth, and atmosphere by the sun. A wind energy system transforms the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical or electrical energy that can be harnessed for human use.
The rapid development of wind power for sustainable production of electricity is been a response of the global economy to the world's current environment crisis.
Wind energy experienced growth in 2008 at 29% annual rate of increase, and worldwide usage has reached 121.188 MW. Recently the USA became the world's leader in total wind power installations, dislodging Germany from the number one spot.
In 2004, 70.7 % of new wind power capacity was created in Europe. By 2008, the continent lost this position and, for the first time, Europe (32.8 %), North America (32.6 %) and Asia (31.5 %) account for similar shares in new capacity. Despite this, Europe is still the strongest continent relative to wind power generation.
In total, all wind turbines installed by the end of 2008 worldwide were generating 260 Terawatt hours per annum, resulting in more than 1.5 % of global electricity consumption. Based on accelerated development and further improved policies, a global capacity of more than 1,500TW (1,500,000 MW) is possible by the year 2020.
The wind sector is a global job generator and has created 440,000 jobs worldwide.
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