Wind Power Basics

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Wind Power is the fastest-growing source of energy in the world, and by the year 2020 it is projected to supply at least 12% of global electrical demand.

Wind Power Basics provides a clear understanding of wind and wind energy systems including turbines, towers, inverters and batteries, site assessment, installation, and maintenance requirements.

Whether you're considering your own small-scale wind energy system or just want a straightforward, ...

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Wind Power Basics: A Green Energy Guide

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Overview

Wind Power is the fastest-growing source of energy in the world, and by the year 2020 it is projected to supply at least 12% of global electrical demand.

Wind Power Basics provides a clear understanding of wind and wind energy systems including turbines, towers, inverters and batteries, site assessment, installation, and maintenance requirements.

Whether you're considering your own small-scale wind energy system or just want a straightforward, detailed introduction to the benefits and challenges of this rapidly emerging technology, Wind Power Basics is the guide for you.

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For those intrigued by wind power,Wind Power Basics is a top pick.- the Midwest Book Review

Wind Power Basics crams all the pertinent information about siting and assessments, turbines, towers, hybrid systems, wind resources, energy storage, maintenance, and zoning into a convenient package that makes the information accessible to those on a budget, or to anyone just curious about all the fuss over wind energy in general.- Back Home Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716179
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: A Green Energy Guide Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 811,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over 24 books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. He is a certified wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. Dan lives in a passive solar home in Evergreen, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Introduction to Small-Scale Wind Energy 1

World Wind Energy Resources 4

The Pros and Cons of Wind Energy 6

The Purpose of this Book 14

Organization of this Book 15

Chapter 2 Wind and Wind Energy 17

What is Wind? 17

Large-Scale Wind Currents 20

Wind from Storms 24

Friction, Turbulence and Smart Siting 24

The Mathematics of Wind Power 29

Closing Thoughts 32

Chapter 3 Wind Energy Systems 33

Wind Turbines 33

Towers 35

Wind Energy System Options 37

Hybrid Systems 55

Choosing a Wind Energy System 57

Chapter 4 Wind Site Assessment 59

Assessing Electrical Demand 60

Conservation and Efficiency First! 65

Assessing Your Wind Resource 67

How Much Electricity Will a Wind Turbine Produce? 71

Does a Wind System Make Economic Sense? 72

Putting It All Together 80

Chapter 5 A Primer on Wind Generators 81

The Anatomy of a Wind Turbine 81

The Main Components of Wind Turbines 88

What to Look for When Buying a Wind Machine 89

Other Considerations 99

Building Your Own Wind Machine 102

Conclusion 104

Chapter 6 Towers and Tower Installation 105

Tower Options 105

Tower Kits 119

Tower Anchors and Bases 120

Proper Siting of a Wind Machine 122

Tower Height Considerations 123

Aircraft Safety and the FAA 127

Protecting Against Lightning 127

Chapter 7 Batteries and Charge Controllers 129

Which Types of Batteries Work Best? 129

Will Any Lead-Acid Battery Work? 130

Wiring a Battery Bank 134

Sizing a Battery Bank 135

Battery Maintenance and Safety 135

Living with Batteries 144

Chapter 8 Inverters 145

Types of Inverters 145

Buying an Inverter 150

Conclusion 153

Chapter 9 Final Considerations 155

Covenants and Neighbors' Concerns 155

Zoning and Permits 157

Connecting to the Grid: Working with Your Local Utility 160

Insurance Requirements 162

Buying a Wind Energy System 163

Maintaining a Wind-Electric System 164

Parting Thoughts 168

Resource Guide 169

Index 173

About the Author 179

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