energyTHEN: Wind Power After WWII
[ASSURAS] During World War II, when electricity was being rationed for the war effort, the United Kingdom harnessed the wind to meet some of its energy needs. That ingenuity kept going after the war, as you'll see in this energyTHEN from 1951.
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[ANNOUNCER] High above London, the sails of a modern windmill feel for the breeze. Nearly 70 years after electricity was first generated for public supply, man turns once more to the wind for power. In these eight 6-volt car batteries, the power generated by the wind is stored. At 450 revolutions per minute, the current builds up. What does it mean to you? Just the gaiety of shop window lighting, despite the ban.
[ASSURAS] Today, the U.K. gets about 3% of its electricity from wind, according to the nation's Department of Energy and Climate Change. Now, to compare, the U.S. gets about 2% of its electricity from wind.
energyTHEN takes us to back 1951, when the United Kingdom took wind power, which it had pioneered during World War II, into everyday life. Today, the UK gets about 3 percent of its electricity from wind power.
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