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Origin of Wind-Works

Since 1981, following a trip to Denmark, I've stressed the theme that wind energy does indeed work, makes economic and environmental sense, and is here to stay. Even then Denmark was a model of how successful wind energy could become--when given the opportunity. In North America at the time, there were few wind turbines and only a few of those operated well. Most simply didn't work. My slogan was as much a statement of what could be as it was a statement of fact. Today, wind turbines are commonplace throughout the world and "wind works", once a bold statement, now elicits a "What? Of course it does. Everyone knows that." And that's the way it should be.

You can learn more about me and my work with renewable energy by following the links on the left.

Note that I have been using the term wind works since 1981 after a discussion with Hans Meyer, one of the pioneers of wind energy in the US.

Meyer was the founder of Windworks, a wind turbine manufacturer in Mukwonago, Wisconsin in the 1970s. In the early 1980s Meyer changed the name of the company to Omnion Power Engineering.

In 2003 I launched this web site with the domain name of, incorporating web pages that had been hosted previously by TU-Berlin.

The term "wind works" is not copyrighted or otherwise registered as a trade name. I am in no way affiliated with the use of the term by the Sierra Club, the American Wind Energy Association, or specific wind companies. I do not support or endorse their use or their policies to which the term is applied.

Paul Gipe

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