Wind works. It's reliable. It's economical. It makes environmental sense. And it's here now. Wind machines are not tomorrow's technology. Whether it's on a giant wind farm in California, in a small village in Morocco, or in the backyard of a Kansas wheat farmer, wind energy works today in a variety of applications around the world. You too can put this renewable resource to work. The following chapters explain how to go about doing just that: how to select and install the small wind power systems on the market today.
Wind technology has come a long way since the mid-1970s when the only wind turbines
available were 1930s-era machines salvaged from ranchers on the Great Plains. During
the past decade wind technology has come of age with the development of advanced small
wind turbines. These rugged yet extremely simple designs have greatly improved the
reliability and performance of small wind machines. But as you'll see in the
chapters ahead, wind machines are not for everyone.
Excerpted from Wind Power for Home & Business : Renewable Energy for the 1990s and Beyond by Paul Gipe. Copyright © 1993. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
A "lucid and readable treatment"
of wind turbine noise . . . an "excellent treatment of where the technology stands
today for planners, wind farm operators, manufacturers and homeowners. . ." The
explanation of "sound power levels is one of the clearest I have ever read . .
. this book will make a major contribution to the " development of wind energy in a
Wind Energy Technology is a detailed study of our understanding of the wind and its conversion into useful energy. The book goes beyond this to examine the planning of an entire wind project. In keeping with the aims of the series, it considers economic and environmental issues and how a wind farm connects into the electricity network. It covers mainly horizontal-axis machines, although brief reference is made to vertical-axis machines. The book is divided into two parts. Part A deals with wind turbine theory and its application; Part B is concerned with project assessment and engineering. The publisher, John Wiley & Sons