Denmark was the first country to develop commercial wind power back in the 1970s. Today, this Scandinavian country is a leader in wind power worldwide. Did you know that more than 20 percent of electricity consumption by the Danes comes from clean energy generated by the wind turbines?
The well known Danish companies Vestas Wind Systems and Siemens Wind Power produce half of the world’s wind turbines nowadays.
Denmark has, in the past, used wind to treat its agricultural produce and to generate power for its people. While there are the modern wind turbines that exist today, some of the original windmills still stand. They can be found at Lumsas specifically at the northern side of Zealand, in Rorvig and at Lille Egebjerg. The one at Lille Egebjerg is owned by a mill builder committed to keeping the mill building tradition alive in the country.
Many of you are familiar with how the traditional windmill looks but through the years as technology advanced, the windmills also underwent development. They are now referred to as wind turbines and many have been installed along the coastlines, in a vast expanse of open fields and in the sea which is a great source of wind power. This advancement in windmills has led Denmark to become the world’s leader in the wind turbine industry. It is estimated that around 90 percent of the power generated by these wind turbines is exported to other countries.
Denmark currently has an estimated 5,500 wind turbines with 75 percent of them privately owned by cooperatives. Also, some 150,000 Danes have invested in wind power and own wind turbines or shares in cooperatives.