Wind Energy Handbook / Edition 2

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Fully revised and updated, now covering offshore wind turbines, this is a comprehensive description of the mechanical, electrical, aerodynamic, meteorological and planning aspects of modern wind turbines. Fully revised and updated, this second edition addresses key developments in the wind technology since the first edition, now the leading reference on the subject, was published in 2001. A completely new chapter focuses on offshore wind turbines and wind farms. After a brief introduction, the authors discuss the wind resource. Particular reference is made to wind turbulence due to its importance in wind turbine design. A discussion on the basis of the aerodynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines follows, incorporating general momentum theory and dynamic stall, and an analysis of their performance. The book goes on to assess the requirements for establishing design loads, updating national and international standards and revising dynamic analysis codes where necessary. Burton et al. also set out the various design options for horizontal axis wind turbines, discussing variable speed operation and reviewing alternative blade materials and their properties. They explain the functions of the wind turbine controller and describe some of the possible analysis techniques. The text also reviews the development of wind energy projects with particular emphasis on environmental impact, and considers how wind turbines interact with the electrical power system.
• The 1st edition is the leading reference for wind energy researchers and practitioners worldwide. This edition has 25% new material, including a new chapter covering offshore wind turbines and wind farms.
• Revises the chapter on the aerodynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines to include new sections on general momentum theory, lifting line theory and dynamic stall.
• Comprehensively covers advances in wind turbine technology, featuring updated chapters on wind resource, design and desi

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I highly recommend the classic and definitive reference book Wind Energy Handbook, Second Edition by Tony Burton, Nick Jenkins, David Sharpe, and Ervin Bossanyi, to any engineering students in undergraduate or graduate studies, teaching academics, practicing engineers, business leaders in technology or electrical utilities, and government policy makers seeking a complete and authoritative overview of design, manufacturing, and installation of horizontal axis wind turbines. This book offers a complete survey of the field, and contains an important section on wind farms as well. Overall, this is a very important and essential addition to any study or practice in the field." (Blog Business World, 19 February 2012)

"If libraries wish to acquire just one book on wind energy, this title is a very good candidate. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, two-year technical program students, researchers/faulty, technicians/professionals, and informed general readers." (Choice, 1 December 2011)

From The Critics
British scientists, two from industry and two from academia, synthesize the current knowledge about using wind energy to generate electricity for graduate or advance undergraduate engineering students and professionals involved in the design, manufacture, or operation of wind turbines. They confine their discussion to horizontal-axis, land- based turbines connected to a large electricity network, which comprise the overwhelming majority of those in use. They also focus on commercially viable and well-established topics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470699751
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 780
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Burton, Wind Energy Consultant, Carno, Powys: is a civil engineer, and worked as a construction manager for Wind Energy Group (WEG), a manufacturer of large wind turbines, where he coordinated the Phase IIB offshore wind energy assessment for the UK Department of Energy. Following this, he worked on the design, construction, commissioning and operation of both the 3 MW LS1 wind turbine on Orkney and the 24 300 kW WEG MS3 machines at Cemmaes wind farm in Wales. He is now a wind energy consultant, specializing in tower and foundation design.

David Sharpe: has a background in aerodynamics. He has now retired from his position with the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology at Loughborough University.

Nick Jenkins, Joule Centre, University of Manchester: an electrical engineer, Nick Jenkins is now Professor of Energy Systems. His early career included 14 years industrial experience, where his final position was as Projects Director for WEG. While at the University he has developed teaching and research activities in both electrical power engineering and renewable energy. He is a Fellow of the IET, IEEE and Royal Academy of Engineering. He serves as the Director of the Joule Centre for Energy Research in England’s North West and as the Chairman of the North West Energy Council.

Ervin Bossanyi, Garrad Hassan & Partners, Ltd, Bristol: a controls engineer, also had an early career at WEG, and continues to work in the wind energy industry.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors xvii

Preface to Second Edition xix

Acknowledgements for First Edition xxi

Acknowledgements for Second Edition xxiii

List of Symbols xxv

Figures C1 and C2 – Co-ordinate Systems xxxv

1 Introduction 1

2 The wind resource 9

3 Aerodynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines 39

Appendix A3 lift and drag of aerofoils 120

4 Further aerodynamic topics for wind turbines 137

5 Design loads for horizontal axis wind turbines 193

Appendix 5: dynamic response of stationary blade in turbulent wind 308

6 Conceptual design of horizontal axis wind turbines 325

7 Component design 383

8 The controller 475

9 Wind turbine installations and wind farms 525

10 Wind energy and the electric power system 565

Appendix A10 Simple calculations for the connection of wind turbines 609

11 Offshore wind turbines and wind farms 613

Appendix A11 723

Index 729

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