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Wind power : the industry grows up

Author: Rebecca L Busby
Publisher: Tulsa, Okla. : PennWell Corporation, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides a balanced, comprehensive view of the wind power industry. It will be required reading for people who want to obtain an initial overview of this interesting energy field.

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Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca L Busby
ISBN: 9781593702441 1593702442 1628703032 9781628703030
OCLC Number: 767255558
Description: xxi, 545 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Overview: How Wind Power Works --
Introduction --
How the sun produces wind --
Capturing and using the wind's energy --
The history of using wind power --
Today's Wind Energy Systems --
Sizes --
Designs --
Benefits --
Challenges --
References --
2. Components: What's a Wind Turbine Made Of? --
Introduction --
Rotor --
Drivetrain --
Gearbox --
Generator --
Direct-drive wind turbines --
Control System --
Other Equipment --
References --
3. Wind Power System Design: Combining Strength and Flexibility --
Introduction --
Overview --
How much bigger can wind turbines get? --
Towers and foundations --
Generators --
Control systems --
Designing Today's Wind Turbines --
Energy and power --
Rotor efficiency --
Power ratings and curves --
Blade shape --
Tip speed ratio --
Turbulence and wind shear --
Natural frequencies --
Cyclic loads and fatigue --
Additional information --
References --
4. Small Wind Power: Traditional Systems and Alternative Designs --
Market for Small Wind Power --
Small Wind Power Systems --
Why so many choices? --
Horizontal-axis wind turbines --
Vertical-axis wind turbines --
Small Wind Power Applications --
Stand-alone versus grid-connected --
Technology options and requirements --
Economics of small wind power --
References --
5. Assessment: Mapping and Measuring the World's Wind --
Introduction --
Estimating Wind Power Potential --
Mapping the Global Wind Resource --
Europe --
United States --
China --
Other global wind resources --
Conclusion --
Assessment Tools and Procedures --
Introduction --
Meteorological towers --
Wind data analysis --
Advanced assessment tools --
References --
6. Wind Farms: Developing and Operating Wind Power Plants --
Introduction --
Wind farm sizes --
Connecting with utilities --
Development Process --
Selecting a site --
Wind assessment --
Turbine selection --
Modeling and initial design --
Interconnection design --
Final design --
Permitting --
Energy sales agreements --
Contracting --
Turbine procurement --
Financing --
Construction --
Operation and Maintenance --
Performance monitoring --
Minimizing the cost of maintenance --
Optimizing turbine performance --
Conclusion --
Safety --
Community Wind --
Europe leads the way --
Development and jobs --
References --
7. Wind Power Integration: Striking a New Balance --
Introduction --
Power System Operation --
Bulk power markets --
Balancing supply and demand --
Power supply mix --
Integration Issues --
Reliability --
Power reserves --
Variability --
Wind's share of electricity supply --
Forecasting --
References --
8. Transmission and Storage: Facilitating Wind Power Integration --
Transmission --
Introduction --
Access to transmission --
Power system support --
HVDC technology --
Transmission constraints --
Size matters --
Investment needed --
Sharing the cost --
Energy Storage --
Introduction --
Storage functions and costs --
Storage Technologies --
Hydropower --
Batteries --
Flywheels --
Capacitors --
Compressed air --
Other storage technologies --
Energy storage for Hawaii's wind power --
References --
9. Offshore Wind: Entering the Mainstream --
Introduction --
Advantages --
Disadvantages --
The Offshore Wind Industry --
Market snapshot --
Key players --
Expanding Beyond Europe --
China --
United States --
Offshore Grids --
Europe --
United States --
Offshore Wind Farm Development --
Assessment and resources --
Siting and permitting --
Financing and economics --
Risk assessment --
Turbine selection --
Energy prediction --
Foundations --
Electrical systems --
Installation --
Maintenance --
Corrosion and contamination --
Advanced Offshore Technologies --
Deepwater floating turbines --
Bigger turbines --
References --
10. Advanced Technologies: R & D, Testing, and New Twists on Old Ideas --
Introduction --
European Research and Testing --
Denmark's national lab --
LM Wind Power's facility --
Lelystad test site --
Wieringermeer test site --
Other European facilities --
Offshore testing and demonstration --
U.S.R & D --
Government programs --
Private research --
Other Facilities --
Canada --
Mexico --
Asia --
International --
Alternative Turbine Designs --
Wind-accelerating turbines --
Blade aerodynamics --
Other unusual designs --
Other wind power system R & D --
Airborne Wind --
Introduction --
Technology and design --
References --
11. The Global Wind Industry: Markets, Business, and Government Policy --
Market Snapshot --
Introduction --
Leading countries --
Expansion elsewhere --
Global trends --
Industry Snapshot --
Introduction --
Turbine manufacturers --
Turbine industry trends --
Turbine prices and energy costs --
Other key players --
Manufacturing --
Jobs --
Training --
Government Policy --
Introduction --
Private investment --
China --
India --
Other Asia --
Europe --
North America --
Latin America and Africa --
Consumer demand for wind? --
References --
12. Environmental and Economic Issues: Wind Power Grows Up --
Introduction --
Wildlife Issues --
Introduction --
Birds --
Bats --
Marine life --
Human Issues --
Introduction --
Wind power's public image --
Appearance --
Property values --
Noise --
Flicker and glint --
Health and safety --
Tourism --
Communications and radar --
Offshore safety --
Environmental Issues --
Air pollution and emissions --
Climate change --
Land use --
Economic Issues --
Cost of energy --
Benefits to local economies --
Competition with other energy sources --
References.
Responsibility: Rebecca L. Busby.

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This is an outstanding book on wind power that is very well-written and well-documented. It's especially useful to those who are new to wind energy or who don't have an engineering background. I Read more...

 
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