Wind Energy Basics

A Guide to Home and Community-Scale Wind-Energy Systems, 2nd Edition

Author: Paul Gipe

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603582274

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

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The availability of clean, renewable power is without question going to be the defining challenge and goal of the 21st century, and wind will lead the way. Internationally acclaimed wind energy expert Paul Gipe is as soberly critical of past energy mistakes as he is convincingly optimistic about the future. The overwhelming challenge of transforming our world from one of fossil carbon to one of clean power seems daunting at best—and paralyzingly impractical at worst. Wind Energy Basics offers a solution. Wind power can realistically not only replace the lion’s share of oil-, coal-, and naturalgas– fired electrical plants in the U.S., but also can add enough extra power capacity to allow for most of the cars in the nation to run on electricity. Gipe explains why such a startlingly straightforward solution is eminently doable and can be accomplished much sooner than previously thought—and will have the capacity to resuscitate small and regional economies. Wind Energy Basics offers a how-to for home-based wind applications, with advice on which wind turbines to choose and which to avoid. He guides wind-energy installers through considerations such as renewable investment strategies and gives cautionary tales of wind applications gone wrong. And for the activist, he suggests methods of prodding federal, state, and provincial governments to promote energy independence.

Wind energy basics

a guide to small and micro wind systems

Author: Paul Gipe

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781890132071

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 122

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Wind Power for Home & Business

Renewable Energy for the 1990s and Beyond

Author: Paul Gipe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780930031640

Category: Wind power.

Page: 413

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A comprehensive guide to using wind to power private houses and small businesses and farms. Describes and illustrates the wide range of systems now commercially available; suggests criteria for citing; includes equations for figuring out the power potential of various sizes in various conditions; an

Wind Energy Comes of Age

Author: Paul Gipe

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471109242

Category: Science

Page: 536

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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.

Wind Power Basics

A Green Energy Guide

Author: Dan Chiras

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 086571617X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 192

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Offers an introduction to wind energy, describes the different types of systems that can be used to convert the natural resource into electricity, and explains how important components in the system work.

A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office

Navigating the Maze of Solar Options, Incentives, and Installers

Author: Stephen Hren,Rebekah Hren

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603582614

Category: House & Home

Page: 152

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Explains solar power and other renewable energy sources, including selecting the right equipment, hiring the best people to install it, redeeming government incentives, and maintaining the system once it is installed.

Wind Power in View

Energy Landscapes in a Crowded World

Author: Martin Pasqualetti,Paul Gipe,Robert Righter

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0080521037

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 248

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More than ever, travelers are encountering a different sort of landscape, one not only of nature but of technology. Wind Power in View is the first authoritative discourse on the aesthetic impact of wind turbines on the landscape and what can be done about it. It is a detailed and thoroughly illustrated discussion of the issue from several different perspectives. The book also provides an overview of the status of wind energy at the dawn of the new millennium, examines some of the ongoing battles, and offers guidelines on minimizing its visual impact. Taking examples from the United States, Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, and Sweden, Wind Power in View is the first book to tackle the thorny land use questions raised by wind energy's hard won respectability. What will be the future of wind energy? Will it be welcomed as savior, or will it be opposed as a new-age intrusion on open space and landscape preservation? These 11 essays, international in nature and written by objective experts, address landscape issues in creative, original ways. International focus, with examples from Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden and the United States The first book to tackle land use questions raised by wind energy's hard won respectability Addresses landscape issues in creative, original ways

Wind Energy: A Reference Handbook

A Reference Handbook

Author: David E. Newton

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610696905

Category: Science

Page: 348

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While covering the fascinating history of wind power as a whole, this timely handbook focuses on current technological developments and the promise—and pitfalls—of wind energy as part of the world's energy future. • Serves as a comprehensive introduction to the topic and a guide for further study • Features expert essays on issues and controversies related to the use of wind energy • Covers the dangers wind power poses to wildlife as well as its impacts on communities' economic development • Profiles key individuals and organizations in the field • Includes statistical information on the production and consumption of wind energy in the United States and around the world

Offshore Wind

A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Offshore Wind Farm Installation

Author: Kurt Thomsen

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0124095941

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 404

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Offshore Wind is the first-ever roadmap to successful offshore wind installation. It provides a ready reference for wind project managers, teaching them how to deal with complications on-site, as well as for financers, who can utilize the text as an easy guide to asking the pivotal questions of petitioning wind project developers. These developers' planning stages will be improved by the book's expert advice on how to avoid wasting money by scoping out and mitigating potential problems up-front. Wind turbine manufacturers will benefit from insights into design optimization to support cheaper installation and hauling, thereby incurring lower project costs, and helping developers establish a quicker route to profitability. The book sheds light not just on how to solve a particular installation difficulty, but delves into why the problem may best be solved in that way. Enables all stakeholders to realize cheaper, faster, and safer offshore wind projects Explains the different approaches to executing on- and offshore projects, highlighting the economic impacts of the various financial and operational choices Provides practical, proven advice on how tough challenges can be overcome, using real-life examples from the author’s experiences to illustrate key issues

Infinite Suburbia

Author: MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1616896701

Category: Architecture

Page: N.A

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Infinite Suburbia is the culmination of the MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism's yearlong study of the future of suburban development. Extensive research, an exhibition, and a conference at MIT's Media Lab, this groundbreaking collection presents fifty-two essays by seventy-four authors from twenty different fields, including, but not limited to, design, architecture, landscape, planning, history, demographics, social justice, familial trends, policy, energy, mobility, health, environment, economics, and applied and future technologies. This exhaustive compilation is richly illustrated with a wealth of photography, aerial drone shots, drawings, plans, diagrams, charts, maps, and archival materials, making it the definitive statement on suburbia at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Onshore and Offshore Wind Energy

An Introduction

Author: Paul A. Lynn

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119961424

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 240

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A highly accessible and authoritative account of wind energy’s scientific background, current technology, and international status, with an emphasis on large turbines and wind farms, both onshore and offshore Topics covered include: a brief history of wind energy the nature of the wind turbine aerodynamics, mechanics, and electrics wind farms offshore opportunities and challenges grid integration of wind energy economic and environmental aspects Whilst intellectually rigorous, this is not an academic treatise. Key equations are fully discussed, providing essential theoretical background. The text is supported by copious illustrations and about 50 inspiring full-colour photographs from around the world. This book is aimed at a wide readership including professionals, policy makers and employees in the energy sector in need of a basic appreciation of the underlying principles of wind energy or a quick update. Its style and level will also appeal to second and third year undergraduate and postgraduate students of renewable and wind energy, energy systems and electrical/electronic engineering. It also gives a concise account of the technology for the large and growing number of people who are interested in onshore and offshore wind farms and the contribution they are making to carbon-free electricity generation in the 21st century.

Wind Power For Dummies

Author: Ian Woofenden

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470496371

Category: House & Home

Page: 384

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The consumer guide to small-scale wind electricity production! Maybe you're not T. Boone Pickens, but you can build your own home-sized wind-power empire right in your back yard. Wind Power For Dummies supplies all the guidance you need to install and maintain a sustainable, cost-effective wind generator to power your home for decades to come. This authoritative, plain-English guide walks you through every step of the process, from assessing your site and available wind sources to deciding whether wind power is the solution for you, from understanding the mechanics of wind power and locating a contractor to install your system to producing your own affordable and sustainable electricity. Guides you step by step through process of selecting, installing, and operating a small-scale wind generator to power your home Demystifies system configurations, terminology, and wind energy principles to help you speak the language of the pros Helps assess and reduce your energy needs and decide whether wind power is right for you Explains the mechanics of home-based wind power Shows you how to tie into the grid and sell energy back to the power company Offers advice on evaluating all of the costs of and financing for your project Provides tips on working with contractors and complying with local zoning laws Yes, you can do it, with a little help from Wind Power For Dummies.


Introducing Renewable Energy

Author: Paul Matthews

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781907670541

Category: Science

Page: 220

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Introducing Renewable Energy is about renewable energy that you can harness for a small scale 'micro power' project. It is designed to give the reader a view of what renewable energy is, how it works and what it can be used for. The book includes step-by-step instructions for two renewable energy projects, one solar PV and one wind project. However, it is not intended as a detailed 'how to' guide for installing all types of renewable energy system. Renewable energy is a big subject and if you have loftier ambitions than generating a small amount of energy for your own personal use, it is not possible to pack all the information that you are likely to need into a single book. Instead, read this as an introductory guide on the subject that will give you enough grounding for you to extend your knowledge with more specialized information later on. Although this book focuses on small scale renewable energy systems, it also covers larger scale systems at a high level. So if you are interested in finding out about energy production in general, about wind farms, or wish to gain some insight into the emerging title energy technology that promises to revolutionize the way we generate vast quantities of renewable energy in the future, this book will give you an understanding of what is possible with renewable energy, both now and in the near future. Whilst the author is a professional renewable energy engineer, the book has been written for the enthusiastic amateur, or for students who want an easy-to-follow introduction to the subject. It is also a perfect introduction for people who are interested in finding out whether they can install their own solar or wind farm, or other industrial scale renewable energy system, and wanting to get some basic understanding of the technology before they call in the professionals. Once you have read this book, you will have a clear understanding of the different options that exist for small renewable energy projects. If you have a project in mind, it will give you enough information for you to decide what type of renewable energy system is right for you and if all you want is a simple renewable energy system for generating some of your own personal off-grid energy, it will give you the knowledge to put together a simple system yourself.

Wind Power

Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business

Author: Paul Gipe

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1931498148

Category: Science

Page: 496

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Wind energy today is a booming worldwide industry. The technology has truly come of age, with better, more reliable machinery and a greater understanding of how and where wind power makes sense -- from the independent homestead to a grid-connected utility-wide perspective. Heightened concerns about our environment mean that this resurgence of interest in wind -- a natural and widespread power source -- is here to stay. Wind Power is the completely revised and expanded edition of Paul Gipes definitive 1993 book, Wind Power for Home and Business. In addition to expanded sections on gauging wind resources and siting wind turbines, this edition includes new examples and case studies of successful wind systems, international sources for new and used equipment, and hundreds of color photographs and illustrations.

Alcohol Fuel

A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel

Author: Richard Freudenberger

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 9781550924381

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

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The essential how-to book on making and using ethanol as an alternative renewable fuel.

Power from the Sun

A Practical Guide to Solar ElectricityÐRevised 2nd Edition

Author: Dan Chiras

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550926241

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 320

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Written for the layman, Power from the Sun is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own solar electricity. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and solar energy, and guides the reader through site assessment and determining the type of system needed, providing a solid understanding of grid-tied

Making Better Buildings

A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

Author: Chris Magwood,Jen Feigin

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865717060

Category: Architecture

Page: 464

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Sustainable building from the ground up - the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It

Author: Paul Gipe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997451818

Category:

Page: 592

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Wind Energy for the Rest of Us straddles two or more worlds. The book is about wind energy. It s not just about small wind turbines. It s not just about large wind turbines. It s about the depth and breadth of wind energy, encompassing more than either type of wind turbine. It includes water-pumping windmills and sailing ships. It s a sprawling book, one minute discussing how to install small wind turbines safely, the next explaining how farmers in Indiana can earn millions by installing their own multimegawatt wind turbines. If it s a book hard to categorize, that suits its author, Paul Gipe, who likes to think he s hard to categorize after four decades at the frontiers of renewable energy. His book tells the story of modern wind energy in all its complexity and introduces a North American audience to the trailblazing electricity rebels who have launched a renewable energy revolution in Europe. The book debunks novel wind turbines their promoters claim will generate electricity too cheap to meter, and rebukes revisionist historians who falsely argue that it was the aerospace industry that delivered today s modern wind turbines. Gipe explains why new wind turbines are part of a silent revolution that is changing the way we use wind energy. This revolution doesn t garner headlines, but is making wind turbines more cost-effective in more places than ever before, lessening the need for new transmission lines, obviating the need for storage, and fueling rapid growth. Gipe refutes many common myths surrounding wind energy and argues persuasively that wind turbines are productive, effective, and environmentally sound. Gipe argues that wind energy is too important to be left to electric utilities and their subsidiaries alone. Wind energy is also for the rest of us, he says. It is our resource. We can develop it and we can own it--ourselves."

Energy Democracy

Germany’s Energiewende to Renewables

Author: Craig Morris,Arne Jungjohann

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319318918

Category: Social Science

Page: 437

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This book outlines how Germans convinced their politicians to pass laws allowing citizens to make their own energy, even when it hurt utility companies to do so. It traces the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from the Power Rebels of Schönau to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shutdown of eight nuclear power plants following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. The authors explore how, by taking ownership of energy efficiency at a local level, community groups are key actors in the bottom-up fight against climate change. Individually, citizens might install solar panels on their roofs, but citizen groups can do much more: community wind farms, local heat supply, walkable cities and more. This book offers evidence that the transition to renewables is a one-time opportunity to strengthen communities and democratize the energy sector – in Germany and around the world.