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Better than expected, but not perfect.
on July 30, 2009
First I must say, the "don't go there" comment was written in the forward of the book, which was not written by the author(s).
This book does a very good job of teaching the reader just about every aspect concerning Wind related RE subjects ( plus how to build a single design ). Chapter 1-6 explains the basics starting with an introduction to wind power, ending in shop safety. Chapters 7-8 cover the tools you will need to build from scratch. This basically is just the two types of molds, and a coil winder. Chapters 9-16 cover the parts you need to build( including fabricating your own parts, and buying a few ), and put together a complete 10' proven wind turbine. This is nothing you can not learn by reading their web pages. However, the book serves as a very good offline reference, and is well organized ( This is one thing Hugh could definitely learn from these two - Organization ). Chapters 17-18 cover towers, and raising respectively. Chapter 19 is experiences with failures, while chapter 20 is called scaling it up or down.
Where it falls short is in the last chapter "scaling it up and down". This chapter I felt could have been much bigger, and covered more than what it actually did. I felt that the authors were in a rush, and were tired of writing the book at this point. How , and what to use when laminating the wood together for the 17' blades is a huge omission, and sorely missed. Also when talking about MPPT design controllers ( in another earlier chapter ), they briefly bring up the topic, and then nothing else. Sorry guys " Some people <this or that> " does not convey the topic well at all, and could have been easily left out. A little research on MPPT was all that was required, and you could have informed your reader on the subject a bit more. Another subtraction from the book was all the "Doggy Haiku". Enough said on the later subject . . .
So, with all the above said, it is not a terrible book, and I did actually find it mostly enjoyable to read ( and once again, it will serve as a great reference ). However, as stated above at least once, and in the title as well, it could have been better. The amazon price keeps this book from falling into the 3 star category in my opinion.
As an aside, we have had 30 dogs here at one point, so no, I do not hate dogs.