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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 Your Home 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 Your Home For Dummies.
Catch the Wind takes readers on a journey that will teach them about wind energy and the importance of making environmentally responsible choices. It was developed with input from educators and experts from within the wind industry. Children can follow Nels, an inquisitive boy, as he visits a wind farm with his father to discover the power of the wind. Diagrams of wind turbines and their components as well as key terms, defined in a glossary, make up the educational content of Catch the Wind. While exploring topics such as renewable energy, the history of wind power, and the steps to building a wind farm, Catch the Wind also raises awareness of wind power as a viable source of clean, renewable energy.
A beginner's guide to wind power and an invitation to experiment with wind and its potential as an energy source. Wind-powered generators are now used worldwide as a reliable source of "green" energy. How does wind create power? What is wind? What scientific characteristics make pinwheels, windmills and wind turbines spin? What makes them turn faster and more efficiently? Will we ever see a day when every home is powered by its own wind generator? This new book answers these critical questions and many more in clear, non-technical language. "Wind Power" provides 20 unique projects for youth that use, adapt and illustrate the power of the wind. Artist Clive Dobson provides a basic scientific understanding of wind power and the ways in which it can be harnessed for vital tasks that require energy. The book encourages young readers to experiment with wind so they can experience the properties of moving air on various windmill shapes and discover through trial and error what makes them effective for toys, artwork, kinetic power and even for generating electricity. This ideal beginner's guide to the power of the wind offers: Real-life examples of wind power from history and current everyday uses 20 projects for all ages and skill levels, from a simple two-blade pinwheel to a sophisticated six-sail windmill to a modern turbine with airfoil blades Clear illustrations and photographs that complement the step-by-step construction instructions Hands-on experience that provides a clear understanding of scientific principles Inspiration for beginners to experiment with wind Reflections on the modern use of wind power in building a sustainable future The creative challenges in this compact book of projects will inspire future generations to become more self-sufficient.
Power electronics, which is a rapidly growing area in terms of research and applications, uses modern electronics technology to convert electric power from one form to another, such as ac-dc, dc-dc, dc-ac, and ac-ac with a variable output magnitude and frequency. It has many applications in our every day life such as air-conditioners, electric cars, sub-way trains, motor drives, renewable energy sources and power supplies for computers. This book covers all aspects of switching devices, converter circuit topologies, control techniques, analytical methods and some examples of their applications. Designed to appeal to a new generation of engineering professionals, Power Electronics Handbook, 3rd Edition features four new chapters covering renewable energy, energy transmission, energy storage, as well as an introduction to Distributed and Cogeneration (DCG) technology, including gas turbines, gensets, microturbines, wind turbines, variable speed generators, photovoltaics and fuel cells, has been gaining momentum for quite some time now.smart grid technology. With this book readers should be able to provide technical design leadership on assigned power electronics design projects and lead the design from the concept to production involving significant scope and complexity. Contains 45 chapters covering all aspects of power electronics and its applications Three new chapters now including coverage Energy Sources, Energy Storage and Electric Power Transmission Contributions from more than fifty leading experts spanning twelve different countries
It took thousands of years for fossil fuels to form, but we may use them up within just a few centuries. Fortunately, there are other ways to generate energy using plentiful and renewable resources. Well-known science writers Alvin and Virginia Silverstein and Laura Silverstein Nunn explain the many forms of energy - including electrical, magnetic, light, heat, sound, and nuclear - and how they can be converted to other forms. The authors also reveal research on energy use in the future, showing how scientists are finding ways to conserve and generate energy using renewable resources - including solar power, wind power, waterpower, biomass, and geothermal energy - and how people around the world are going green.
An essential how-to on powering your home with sun, wind, water, and more. For readers wanting to save money-and the planet-by using alternative energy, this book provides everything they need to know. The five basic sources are fully covered: sun, wind, water, earth, and bio. The benefits, what is needed, and whether it will work for a particular home are all carefully laid out in this comprehensive overview: a Solar energy for home heating, water heating, and electricity a Wind power, hydrogen, and micro hydro power a Heat pumps-air, geothermal, and water source a Heating with wood and going bio
Harness the wind to generate clean, safe, and reliable energy "Build Your Own Small Wind Power System" focuses on the untapped potential for small wind power closer to home. This hands-on guide shows you how to install a grid-connected, residential-scale, wind power system. You'll get step-by-step details on the "how to" basics of getting your own systems up and running, including how to evaluate your site for wind power potential, getting permits, and financing it. You'll also find out how to help promote more wind-friendly public policies, from local permitting and zoning to working with local utilities. The book serves as a valuable toolbox to help you get things done and make a difference. The final chapters analyze the breakthroughs in wind technology that are just around the corner, as well as provide a list of resources. "Build Your Own Small Wind Power System" Lays out the basic science of wind energy Discusses the technical aspects of small wind, including demonstrating how to evaluate a site, how to get permits, the major components of the system, and exactly how to set it up and connect it Shows you how to overcome zoning hurdles, take advantage of available tax credits and governmental incentives, and work with your existing utilities to get the most out of your wind system Offers a global perspective, with sources and cases from around the world Covers all the technical aspects of wind power--including height, lot size, aesthetics, sound, property values, insurance, installation, and potential of structural/electrical failure Filled with practical details: Wind Power Basics; Why Wind Power is Soaring; Intro to Wind Science; Nuts and Blades; Install Your Own Small Wind Power; How to Evaluate Your Site for Wind; How to Get the Permits to Install Small Wind Power; Financing Small Wind Power; Let's Build One; How to Connect Your System; Make Your Community Small Wind Power Friendly; Overcoming Zoning Hurdles; Working with Your Utility; Tapping into Green Power Markets; What's Around the Corner; The Future of Wind Power; Resources
Wind and Water describes conventional hydropower, or wind power, and some of the newer technologies (with less certain futures) that are being introduced to harness the power of ocean currents, ocean waves, and the temperature difference between the upper and lower layers of the ocean. The strengths and limitations of each technology are discussed as well as mathematical models that describe the maximum amount of energy that can be harnessed by such devices. This comprehensive new volume also examines how these power producers benefit from government support and the economics of operating these types of generating stations. An interview with Dr. Stan Bull, former associate director for science and technology at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is included in which he shares his views about how scientific research is and should be managed, nurtured, and evaluated.
Human survival depends on a continuing energy supply, but the need for ever-increasing amounts of energy poses a dilemma: How can we provide the benefits of energy to the population of the globe without damaging the environment, negatively affecting social stability, or threatening the well-being of future generations? The solution will lie in finding sustainable energy sources and more efficient means of converting and utilizing energy. This textbook is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as others who have an interest in exploring energy resource options and technologies with a view toward achieving sustainability. It clearly presents the trade-offs and uncertainties inherent in evaluating and choosing different energy options and provides a framework for assessing policy solutions. "Sustainable Energy" includes illustrative examples, problems, references for further reading, and links to relevant Web sites. Outside the classroom, the book is a resource for government, industry, and nonprofit organizations. The first six chapters provide the tools for making informed energy choices. They examine the broader aspects of energy use, including resource estimation, environmental effects, and economic evaluations. Chapters 7-15 review the main energy sources of today and tomorrow, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, biomass, geothermal energy, hydropower, wind energy, and solar energy, examining their technologies, environmental impacts, and economics. The remaining chapters treat energy storage, transmission, and distribution; the electric power sector; transportation; industrial energy usage; commercial and residential buildings; and synergistic complex systems. "Sustainable Energy" addresses the challenges of integrating diverse factors and the importance for future generations of the energy choices we make today.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WIND ENERGY ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT This authoritative resource offers comprehensive details on effectively using wind energy as a viable and economical energy source. Featuring a multidisciplinary approach, "Wind Energy Engineering" covers physics, meteorology, aerodynamics. wind measurement, wind turbine specifications, electricity, and integration with the grid. Planning, site selection, cost assessment, environmental impact, and project management are also discussed. Filled with diagrams, tables, charts, graphs, and statistics, this is a definitive reference to current and future developments in wind energy. "Wind Energy Engineering" covers: The business of wind energy worldwide Wind energy basics Meteorological properties of wind and air Aerodynamics of wind turbine blades Wind measurement, data management, and reporting Wind resource assessment Advanced topics in resource assessment, including wake, losses, and uncertainty Wind turbine generator components Electricity and generator basics Deploying wind turbines in the grid Environmental impact of wind projects Financial modeling, planning, and execution of wind projects
"The Wind at Work" traces the history of windmills and how their design and function have changed over time. It includes more than a dozen wind-related activities such as conducting science experiments, cooking a traditional windmiller meal, sewing windmill patterns, and keeping track of household energy use. Information on how wind turbines (modern windmills) can produce energy as an alternative to nonrenewable fossil fuels is covered as well.
The first book on wind energy designed specifically with technicians in mind "INTRODUCTION TO WIND PRINCIPLES, 1/e "covers all aspects of installing and troubleshooting wind turbines, giving technicians the knowledge they need to handle even complex maintenance tasks. Writing clearly and simply, Thomas Kissell explains how wind turbine blades harvest wind energy, and how generators convert shaft turning energy into electricity. He shows how electrical and hydraulic systems control the speed of wind turbine blades, energizing blade pitch and yaw position controls. Mechanical subjects such as gears, transmissions and gearboxes are discussed in detail. Many pictures and diagrams are included, and all math and data is provided: no calculus or other mathematics is required. Some additional features include: Comprehensive, in-depth coverage-including wind turbine installation and troubleshooting, towers, blades, generators, control, and much more History, background, trends, and demand projections-Provides the context needed to understand the growing role of wind energy Coverage of all parts of vertical and horizontal wind turbines-including small, medium, and large wind turbines Essential electrical coverage-including basic electricity theory, magnetism, motors, generators, PLC controls, and the electrical grid Extensive discussion of mechanical topics Towers, tower designs, and safety- walks through the advantages and disadvantages of each type of tower, discusses the principles of safe tower design and construction, and explains nacelle installation Integration of wind-generated electricity into the grid Written for technicians needing to know about wind turbine installation and other Wind Generation Systems
Wind energy is a reliable, natural and renewable electrical power supply. The high installed capacity of today's wind turbines and decreasing plant costs have shown that wind power can be competitive with conventional, more heavily polluting, fuels in the long term. Focusing on the electrical engineering aspects of wind energy, this completely revised edition provides a detailed treatment of electrical and mechanical components and their interdependency, power control and supervision in wind power plants, and the grid integration facility. The book incorporates all the recent technical developments in electrical power conversion systems and essential operating conditions. Provides guidelines for the design, construction and installation of wind power plants Presents the history of wind technology, wind resources and economics of wind energy generation Introduces operating results and cost considerations Describes the fundamental characteristics and theoretical tools of electrical and mechanical components Discusses conventional and new types of generators, converters and power electronics Offers a comprehensive treatment of grid integration including the effect of power fluctuations on harmonics Focuses on improved use of grid capacities and grid support for fixed-and variable-speed controlled wind power plants Outlines power conditioning and control systems to ensure the safe operation of plants Fully revised and updated, this new edition will continue to be the definitive resource for researchers and practitioners involved in the planning, installation and grid integration of wind turbines and power plants. The thorough approach will also prove highly beneficial to university students and practitioners in wind engineering, turbine design and manufacture and electrical power engineering.