As part of the climate and weather, wind is always blowing somewhere. It can be harnessed for energy.
The force of the wind can be transformed into electricity, providing a reliable source of renewable energy - when the sun isn't shining. But development of wind power faces many challenges, least among them the size of required infrastructure.
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Germany's moves to renewable energy have received a major boost. Solar, water and wind power plants generated more electricity last year than ever before — growing a whopping 20 percent over the previous year to around 154 billion kilowatthours of electricity.
France has launched its first offshore turbine to curb reliance on nuclear and reach climate goals — France could become Europe's second-largest wind energy producer after Germany. But the transition brings problems.