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Wind energy

Wind energy is a source of renewable energy where electricity is generated by harnessing the natural power of the wind.

What are the uses of wind energy?

Wind energy is used all over the world, primarily for electricity generation both onsite and for transporting to the grid. Wind energy is also used globally to pump water, predominantly in regional areas.


Wind energy is harnessed with wind turbines and windmills


At Fortescue we aim to develop wind energy resources to support the establishment of green energy and green product industries around the world.

We can drive these industries, powering the global economies and help create jobs as we transition away from fossil fuels.

We know there will be many key markets for green hydrogen in the coming decade and by building on our existing supply chain capabilities and market access, we see an exciting opportunity for us to be at the forefront of developing an export market for green hydrogen.

How is wind energy used to make green hydrogen and green ammonia?

A wind turbine is a tower, topped by an enclosure called a nacelle and a propeller like rotor. The nacelle houses an electrical generator, power control and other mechanical equipment, connected to the rotor blades.

Wind striking the rotor blades causes it to spin and when wind speeds are high enough, the rotational energy in the rotor is converted to electrical energy in the generator. This electrical energy is transferred to a transformer and substation where its voltage is increased, allowing it to be sent via transmission to power the processes behind green hydrogen and green ammonia production.


Fortescue’s wind energy infrastructure will follow the principal of inherently safe design; ensuring hazards are eliminated wherever possible, reduced through substitution or controlled through engineering solutions.

Designed and manufactured to Australian and international safety standards, wind turbines are made to operate in a range of wind conditions. They can be turned on or off if wind conditions exceed their maximum capacity and they have brake systems that can hold the blades still.

Wind farms are equipped with comprehensive lightning protection systems that transfer voltages and currents safely to the ground, similar to tall buildings.



We're leading the green industrial revolution

We’re developing the technologies to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors (like our iron ore operations) while building a global portfolio of renewable energy projects.

Green iron and green steel presents a huge opportunity for the iron ore industry and we are working hard to ensure we are at the forefront of technologies being developed in this regard.

By harnessing the world’s renewable energy resources to produce renewable electricity, green hydrogen, green ammonia and other green industrial products, we’ll help our planet step beyond fossil fuels.

  • Green hydrogen
  • Green steel
  • Critical minerals
  • Solar power
  • Green ammonia
  • Hydropower
  • Wind energy
  • Geothermal energy