Wind energy today is a booming worldwide industry. The technology has truly come of age, with better, more reliable machinery and a greater understanding of how and where wind power makes sense - from the independent developer to the grid-connected utility-wide perspective. Heightened concerns about our ravaged environment and our dependence on dwindling fossil fuels have stimulated a resurgence of interest in wind energy - an abundant and renewable resource. Wind Power is a completely revised and expanded edition of Paul Gipe's definitive 1993 book Wind Power for Home and Business. In addition to expanded sections on gauging wind resources and siting wind turbines, this edition includes new examples and case studies of successful wind systems, international sources for new and used equipment, and hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations.
'THE definitive book on wind energy, Doug Pratt, Technical Editor, Real Goods 'Paul Gipe's Wind Power is a must for everybody who's involved in the wind energy sector - or wants to be involved in the future. The reader will get a comprehensive overview of one of the most important energy technologies to save the world's climate: wind energy' Sven Teske, Renewable Energy Director, Greenpeace 'This is THE definitive book on wind energy, beautifully, logically organized, with a great wealth of pictures, charts, graphs, formulas, cautionary tales, and a lifetime of knowledge' Doug Pratt, Technical Editor, Real Goods 'If you're considering your own machine or investing in a wind company, or if you want to understand wind's rebirth, Wind Power is a must' Paul P Craig, Professor Emeritus of Engineering, University of California at Davis; Chairman, Sierra Club National Energy Committee, 2000-2003
Preface * Acknowledgements * Introduction * Applications - How to Use the Wind * Measuring the Wind * Estimating Output - How Much to Expect * Economics - Does Wind Pay? * Evaluating the Technology - What Works and What Doesn't * Towers * Cutting Costs, Not Corners * Buying a Wind System * Interconnection with the Utility * Off-the-grid Power Systems * Pumping Water * Siting * Installation * Operation, Performance and Maintenance * Safety * Looking to the Future * Appendices * Bibliography * Glossary of Wind Energy Technology * Index