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People used wind energy to propel boats along the Nile River as early as 5,000 BC. By 200 BC, simple wind-powered water pumps were used in China, and windmills with woven-reed blades were grinding grain in Persia and the Middle East.
New ways to use wind energy eventually spread around the world. By the 11th century, people in the Middle East were using windpumps and windmills extensively for food production. Merchants and the Crusaders brought wind technology to Europe. The Dutch developed large windpumps to drain lakes and marshes in the Rhine River Delta. Immigrants from Europe eventually took wind energy technology to the Western Hemisphere.

American colonists used windmills to grind grain, to pump water, and to cut wood at sawmills. Homesteaders and ranchers installed thousands of windpumps as they settled the western United States. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, small wind-electric generators (turbines) were also widely used.
When power lines were built to transmit electricity to rural areas in the 1930s, wind pump and small turbine use began to decline. However, some ranches still use windpumps to supply water for livestock. Small wind turbines are becoming common again, mainly to supply the electricity in remote and rural areas.

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Wind energy use expanded in the wake of oil shortages and environmental concerns


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The oil shortages of the 1970s changed the energy environment. The oil shortages created an interest in developing ways to use alternative energy sources, such as wind energy, to generate electricity.


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Nabtesco Ensures Gear Strength and Endurance in Gusty Wind Conditions


For more efficient conversion of the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical energy, or ‘wind power,’ additional control over the position of each turbine’s nacelle and blades is essential. This is the task of the yaw and pitch drives, which adjust the physical orientation of those components in response to fluctuations in the velocity and direction of prevailing breezes. To help improve strength and endurance in nacelle yaw and blade pitch drives, Nabtesco Corporation of Japan uses SIMULIA’s Abaqus finite element analysis (FEA).
SIMULIA is a complete suite of powerful and realistic solutions that enable users to explore the real-world behaviour of product, nature, and life. It includes leading and industry proven software, such as Abaqus, fe-safeTosca, Isight, Simpack, CST, XFlow, and others.
The high-end Abaqus Unified FEA product suite offers powerful and complete solutions for most demanding and sophisticated engineering problems covering a vast spectrum of industrial applications. Its high accuracy, robustness, and performance are combined with easy to use pre and post processor. 
If you have an idea, and you are not sure how to implement it, we are here to help you turn your idea into a plan and work together to achieve it. Our development and simulation solutions allow you to map all product features at an early conceptual stage and thus minimize the possibility of error in the real environment.

Download the Nabtesco case study on the use of the SIMULIA Abaqus software solution for the latest generation of windmills