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Wind Turbine Technology

1st Edition

By A. R. Jha, Ph.D.

CRC Press

291 pages | 102 B/W Illus.

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Highlighting the capabilities, limitations, and benefits of wind power, Wind Turbine Technology gives you a complete introduction and overview of wind turbine technology and wind farm design and development. It identifies the critical components of a wind turbine, describes the functional capabilities of each component, and examines the latest performance parameters and procurement specifications for these components.

From cutting-edge design aspects to experimental data, this comprehensive reference contains eight chapters—each dedicated to a specific design aspect of wind turbine technology. It examines potential wind turbine installation configurations, along with the structural requirements for the tower and nacelle. The book also:

  • Presents site wind speed prediction techniques
  • Addresses the integration of wind farms into the electrical power system, including power quality and system stability
  • Describes wind speed frequency distribution and the structure of turbulence
  • Details design and analysis techniques, as well as the functions of wind turbine controllers

The book uses a conventional nomenclature and consistent sets of symbols and units throughout to present the information in a manner that’s easy to understand. It also explains how to compare electrical energy generation costs from wind turbine installation with those of other renewable energy sources.


The book is well organized and emphasizes both theoretical and practical aspects of wind machines. Mathematical equations are provided for important turbine design parameters. I strongly recommend this book to a broad audience including students, design engineers, research scientists, project managers, environmental scientists, and renewal energy source planners. … Dr. A. R. Jha, presents a comprehensive guide to wind turbine technology and the technical considerations for designing wind turbines for various applications.

—Shobha Singh, PhD, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories(Retired), and Fellow and Laboratory Director of the Polaroid Corporation (Retired)

Table of Contents

Chronological History of Wind Turbine Technology

Major Benefits and Problems Associated with Alternate Energy Sources

Benefits and Disadvantages of Wind Turbine Technology

Worldwide Utilization of Wind Turbines

Operating Principles of Wind Turbines

Wind Turbine Classifications

Wind Farm Developers

Design Configurations

Next Generation Wind Turbines with Unique Features

Typical Wind Power Estimates for United States

Design Aspects and Performance Requirements

Types of Wind Turbines

Modern Wind Turbines

Off-Design Performance

Techniques for Capturing Large Amounts of Wind Energy

Annual Energy Acquisition from Specified Wind Turbine Site

Estimating Annual Hours of Capturing Wind Energy

Design Aspects and Performance Capabilities of Wind Turbine Rotors

One-Dimensional Theory for Ideal Rotor

Two-Dimensional Aerodynamic Model

Three-Dimensional Aerodynamic Model for Wing of Finite Length

Rotor Design Requirements for Wind Farm Applications

Hydrodynamic Analysis of Flow over Rotor

Wind Turbine Blade Design Requirements

Analysis of Performance of Propeller Blades

Blade Performance

Application of Beam Theory to Various Turbine Blade Configurations

Material Requirements for Blades

Critical Features of Blade Section

Sensors and Control Devices Required for Dynamic Stability and Improved Performance under Variable Wind Environments

Regulation Control Systems

Sensors for Monitoring Wind Parameters

Transmission Systems

Electrical Generators

Performance Capabilities and Limitations of Synchronous Generators

Critical Rotor Performance Parameters

Impacts of Airfoil Characteristics on Blade and Turbine Performance

Automatic Shut-Down Capability

Critical Design Aspects of HAWT and VAWT Rotors

Low Harmonic Content Electrical Generators for Improving Efficiency

Impacts of Loadings on Structural Integrity of Wind Turbine

Stand-Alone Wind Turbine Systems

Historical Background: Use at Remote Sites

Configurations of Stand-Alone Systems

Stand-Alone Systems for Remote Sites

Sizing of System Components

Stand-Alone Systems with Utility Power Back-Up

Stand-Alone Wind TurbineBased Systems for Various Applications

Hybrid Systems for Village Electrification

Multitasking Wind Turbines

Wind Energy Conversion Techniques in Built Environments

Concentrator Configuration Requirements

Energy Design Buildings

Local Wind Characteristics in Built Environments

Impact of Built Environment on BAWT Performance

Environmental Issues and Economic Factors Affecting Wind Turbine Installation

Environmental Factors and Other Critical Issues

Problems Arising from Large Windstream Diameters

Estimating Critical Performance Parameters Using Classical BEM Theory

Justification of Wind Turbine Installation Based on Economics

Estimated Costs of Critical Components and Subsystems

Wind Turbine Towers


Each chapter begins with an Introduction and concludes with a Summary and References.

About the Author

Dr. A.R. Jha is a Senior Consulting Scientist.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Electrical