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Wind turbine

A wind turbine is a machine for converting the mechanical energy in wind into electrical energy.

If the mechanical energy is used directly by machinery, such as a pump or grinding stones, the machine is usually called a windmill.

If the mechanical energy is then converted to electricity, the machine is called a wind generator.

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