As early as 4,000 years ago, the Carthaginians knew how to use wind power effectively. They used the wind to power their impressive fleet of sailing ships, becoming the most dangerous enemies of Rome.
Centuries later, wind power was put to use for peaceful purposes – but it was no less effective: the first windmills were built to grind grain, pump water or saw wood. So using the wind as a source of energy is by no means new.
What is new is its importance as an unlimited source of energy for power generation. Today, wind power is the star among renewables and the driving force of the switch to renewable energy sources.