Windmills are an integral part of the Dutch landscape and next to tulips one of the first things that come to mind during a visit to the Netherlands.
The blades convert the kinetic energy of the air into rotational energy, which was traditionally used to drive oil mills, flour mills, sawmills and polder mills. Today there are still many well-preserved old-fashioned windmills in the Netherlands and many can still be visited to take a look at the old Dutch craftsmanship. Today, however, most mills have been given a modern look in the form of large white towering mills on land and the sea. These convert the wind energy directly into electricity in large wind turbines.