Power from Wind: A History of Windmill Technology

Power from Wind: A History of Windmill Technology

by Richard Leslie Hills
     
 

ISBN-10: 052156686X

ISBN-13: 9780521566865

Pub. Date: 04/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Since the inception of windpower around 1000 AD, technology has been deployed to obtain the most economical power from wind. The author traces its technical evolution, concentrating on the growth in understanding of wind and charting crucial developments in windmill design. The history of the windmill focuses on North Western Europe, but Hills indicates the origins

Overview

Since the inception of windpower around 1000 AD, technology has been deployed to obtain the most economical power from wind. The author traces its technical evolution, concentrating on the growth in understanding of wind and charting crucial developments in windmill design. The history of the windmill focuses on North Western Europe, but Hills indicates the origins of the first horizontal windmills in Persia, Tibet and China. He also examines industrial applications such as in textiles, papermaking and mining. The book concludes with a look at the recent reemergence of windpower as a viable source of power in the wake of the energy crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521566865
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The wind; 2. The horizontal windmill; 3. The post mill; 4. Tower and smock mills; 5. Windmill sails; 6. Windmills for land drainage; 7. Windpower in industry; 8. The demise of the traditional windmill; 9. The windmill for pumping water and water supply; 10. Electric power from the wind; Glossary and bibliography.

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