Wind Energy Comes of Age / Edition 1

Wind Energy Comes of Age / Edition 1

by Paul Gipe
     
 

ISBN-10: 047110924X

ISBN-13: 9780471109242

Pub. Date: 04/14/1995

Publisher: Wiley

Wind Energy Comes of Age Wind Energy Comes of Age is the most thorough assessment ever published of the technology, economics, and politics of generating electricity with wind. It provides an up-to-date status report on the modern wind industry worldwide. Written by Paul Gipe, one of America’s leading wind energy experts, this book chronicles wind

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Wind Energy Comes of Age Wind Energy Comes of Age is the most thorough assessment ever published of the technology, economics, and politics of generating electricity with wind. It provides an up-to-date status report on the modern wind industry worldwide. Written by Paul Gipe, one of America’s leading wind energy experts, this book chronicles wind energy’s remarkable progress from its rebirth during the 1970s through a troubled adolescence in California’s mountain passes in the 1980s to its maturation on the plains of northern Europe in the 1990s. Gipe argues in a readable and engaging style that wind is no longer an alternative source of energy. He cites improvements in the performance, reliability, and cost effectiveness of modern wind turbines to support his contention that wind energy has come of age as a commercial technology. Unlike other books on the subject, which focus on technology alone, Wind Energy Comes of Age critically examines a host of issues that will determine the future of this renewable resource, including:

  • Wind energy’s environmental benefits
  • The design of wind turbines "as if people matter"
  • Wind energy’s impact on people and the environment
  • Aesthetics and public acceptance
  • Wind energy’s potential
  • Centrally directed vs. market-oriented R & D
  • Wind energy’s role in electric utilities
Wind Energy Comes of Age is extensively illustrated with more than 170 original line drawings, photographs, and charts. An annotated bibliography, tables of technical data, maps of wind resources, and a virtually exhaustive list of manufacturers, governmental agencies, and private organizations working with the wind further enhance the book’s value as a reference. Not since the classic works of Putnam in 1948 or Golding in 1955 has there been a book on wind energy of this scope. For those interested in the burgeoning wind energy field—engineers, researchers, environmentalists, policy specialists, and community leaders—Wind Energy Comes of Age is an essential resource.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471109242
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/14/1995
Series:
Wiley Series in Sustainable Design Series, #4
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
1.25(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

WHERE THE TECHNOLOGY STANDS TODAY.

Overview.

The Vikings Are Coming.

The Research and Development Dilemma.

Death Knell for the Giants.

Historical Background.

The Giant Killers.

Wind Energy's Declining Costs.

ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS AND BENEFITS: THERE'S NO FREE LUNCH.

Machines in the Garden: Aesthetics, Opinion, Design, and Acceptance.

Impact on Flora and Fauna.

Impacts on People.

Impact on Land.

Benefits.

The Emerald City.

WHERE WIND ENERGY IS HEADED.

Wind's Future.

Appendices.

Index.

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