Windmills represent one of the key pieces of technology that enabled our ancestors to transform the power of the wind into a physical force that can be used for countless things, from most traditional jobs such as grinding grains and moving water, to the many more industrial and agricultural needs.
Before introduction of steam engines and electricity, the only source of power that humankind had the ability to control was wind. Wind powered not only our sailing ships, but also hundreds of thousands of windmills that were and still are used all around the world.
Windmills Used Today
Windmills have been around for a long time in human history. They are one of the first man-made methods of power generation.
The Dutch windmills are probably the best known examples of windmill construction, but other types of windmills have been used, and today, what we call windmills are actually highly refined and carefully engineered turbines that made the most of their ability to capture the wind to create power.