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Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment [Hardcover]

Vaughn Nelson
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March 16, 2009 1420075683 978-1420075687 0

Due to the mounting demand for energy and increasing population of the world, switching from nonrenewable fossil fuels to other energy sources is not an option—it is a necessity. Focusing on a cost-effective option for the generation of electricity, Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment covers all facets of wind energy and wind turbines.

The book begins by outlining the history of wind energy, before providing reasons to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. After examining the characteristics of wind, such as shear, power potential, and turbulence, it discusses the measurement and siting of individual wind turbines and wind farms. The text then presents the aerodynamics, operation, control, applications, and types of wind turbines. The author also describes the design of wind turbines and system performance for single wind turbines, water pumping, village systems, and wind farms. In addition, he explores the wind industry from its inception in the 1970s to today as well as the political and economic factors regarding the adoption of wind as an energy source.

Since energy cannot be created nor destroyed—only transformed to another form—we are not encountering an energy crisis. Rather, we face an energy dilemma in the use of finite energy resources and their effects on the environment, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels. Wind Energy explores one of the most economical solutions to alleviate our energy problems.

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West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, USA New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, USA

Product Details

  • Series: Energy and the Environment
  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420075683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420075687
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars wind energy: Renewal energy and the environment July 30, 2009
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A very practical and readable book. A more appropriate title for the book would be 'Applied Wind Energy Engineering for Commercial Applications'.Takes a systems approach and does it well. The entire book is in metric units. The chapter on electrical and electronics for wind energy systems is rather limited. A more detailed discussion on control systems would add value to the book. A detailed discussion on wind energy storage systems would be helpful. An undergrauate degree in mechanical engineering with exposure to electrical engineering is desirable in utilizing this book.This book provides opportunities for readers to make innovative contributions in the area of wind energy systems.Detailed bibliography is provided at the end of each chapter. Despite some of the shortcomings, this is a valuable addition to the library of any one entering the field of wind energy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wind Energy book review January 21, 2011
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This masters-level textbook has a big price for its small size. However, it is well written, precise, not wordy, and well illustrated. This saves read time for the student.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview - would have preferred more design content February 12, 2010
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I think this book has a good overview of wind energy and some of the basic considerations when it comes to designing wind turbines. As an engineering student researching wind turbines, I personally would have liked to see more content on design instead of wind resource and siting. Having said that, the book is meant as an overview intro book, so it contains exactly what is says it does.

If you are interested in much more technical content and wind turbine design, I highly suggest The Wind Energy Handbook, by Burton, Sharpe, Jenkins, and Bossanyi. Depending on how technical you are, it may be much more than you're looking for.

Even though I haven't done any yet, I do like that this book includes end-of-chapter problems. This is beneficial if a course on wind energy required this text.
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