Azerbaijan: The Land Of Fire
The Land of Fire
Approaching the oil fields from a distance gives one a sense of just how expansive the oil industry is. The oil pumps look like enormous stick figure birds, dipping their beaks repeatedly to the ground as they pump crude oil up from the depths of the Earth.
Though the country intends to expand its investment in oil and gas, it is also investing heavily in alternative power sources. Throughout Azerbaijan, people stress the need for alternative energy sources like wind and solar power to prepare for the inevitable time when resources like petroleum are no longer widely available.
The origins of wind power date back to around 500 CE with the invention of the windmill. The idea to harness wind to generate electricity popped up in the late 1800s, when the first wind turbines appeared in Scotland, Denmark, and America. Today, wind farms consist of multiple turbines working together to generate large amounts of electricity, all over the world.