IELTS Academic Reading English Language Centre The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Test Format and Tasks Format, Tasks & Text types Answers 2 examples of question types Strategies Further Help References Questions Test Format Reading Module lasts 60 minutes 3 reading passages
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English Language Centre
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Prompted by the oil crises of the 1970s, a wind-power industry flourished briefly in the United States. But then world oil prices dropped, and funding for research into renewable energy was cut. By the mid 1980s US interest in wind energy as a large-scale source of energy had almost disappeared. The development of wind power at this time suffered not only from badly designed equipment, but also from poor long-term planning, economic projections that were too optimistic and the difficulty of finding suitable locations for the wind turbines…(contd)
- fossil fuel: coal, oil and natural gas
- kilowatt: 1,000 watts; a watt is a unit of power
- kilowatt-hour: one kilowatt for a period of one hour
- megawatt: one million watts
- wind farm: a group of wind turbines in one location producing a large amount of electricity
- wind turbine: a machine…
Complete the summary below.Choose your answers from the box below the summary and write them in boxes 1-5 on your answer sheet.
NB There are more words or phrases than you will need to fill the gaps.You may use any word or phrase more than once.ExampleThe failure during the late 1970s and early 1980s of an attempt to …
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Look at the following list of issues (Questions 6-10) and implications (A-C). Match each issue with one implication. Write the appropriate letters A-C in boxes 6-10 on your answer sheet.
- The current price of one wind-generated kilowatt... Answer A _________________________________
A…provides evidence against claims that electricity produced from wind power is relatively expensive.
A provides evidence against claims that electricity produced from wind power is relatively expensive.B supports claims that wind power is an important source of energy. C opposes the view that wind power technology requires further development.
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