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Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application Hardcover – 19 Apr 2002

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  • Hardcover: 590 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (19 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471499722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471499725
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3.8 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,229,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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well written and comprehensive deserves a place in the library of every university and college where renewable energy is taught. ( The International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, Vol.41, No.2 April 2004)

" provides a wealth of information and is an excellent reference book for people interested in the subject of wind energy." (IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2003)

"...Extremely good value for money...it is difficult to think of any topic that has been omitted..."? (IEE Review, September 2002)

"...can be thoroughly recommended as a comprehensive introduction..."?(Times Higher Education Supplement, 29 November 2002)

"...a very comprehensive and well–organized treatment of the current status of wind power...highly recommended for all serious students of this technology." (Choice, Vol. 40, No. 4, December 2002)



well written and comprehensive deserves a place in the library of every university and college where renewable energy is taught. (The International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, Vol.41, No.2 April 2004)

" provides a wealth of information and is an excellent reference book for people interested in the subject of wind energy." (IEEE Power & Energy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2003)

"...Extremely good value for money...it is difficult to think of any topic that has been omitted..."? (IEE Review, September 2002)

"...can be thoroughly recommended as a comprehensive introduction..."?(Times Higher Education Supplement, 29 November 2002)

"...a very comprehensive and well–organized treatment of the current status of wind power...highly recommended for all serious students of this technology." (Choice, Vol. 40, No. 4, December 2002)

From the Back Cover

Recent years have seen a growth in the implementation and economic viability of wind energy technology. This safe and abundant source of clean, renewable energy is now making a significant contribution to electricity supplies worldwide. Addressing the growing requirement for information on the theory and practical application of wind technology Wind Energy Explained provides a thorough introduction to this multi–disciplinary field.

This authoritative and accessible textbook:

  • Provides an overview of wind energy technology, charting the development of the first modern wind turbines.
  • Discusses the characteristics of the wind resource and the atmospheric boundary layer.
  • Outlines the aerodynamic principles and mechanics of the wind turbine, before going on to consider the electrical aspects of energy conversion and generation.
  • Examines key issues of wind turbine design and wind system control.
  • Offers guidance on turbine siting and integration issues and analyses the economic benefits of wind energy generation.
  • Considers the environmental impact of single turbines and wind farms and the design of wind systems for minimal visual impact.
  • Provides a comprehensive set of tutorial problems based on the contents on each chapter.
The comprehensive coverage ranging from wind turbine control and operation to system design and public policy will appeal to engineering students from a variety of backgrounds. Practitioners new to the field of renewable energy will find this a valuable introduction to an emerging energy source.



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Merino on 16 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book covers all the aspects related with horizontal wind turbines, (meteorology, aerodynamics, mechanics, structural, electrical, control, economics, ...), what I said, "ALL".

Having such a huge scope it's unavoidable being what we call in Spain "apprentice of everything, master of anything".
All the topics are just presented, with more or less detail, and having into account the intensive Physics, Engineering and Maths needed to give properly explanations, the authors rely in the reader technical background or they directly redirect you to a more specialised readings.

That's neither good nor bad, It only depends on what are you expecting from this book.
- You want an "introduction" to the wind turbines world and you have a good technical background, this is a perfect book.
- You want a deep detailed coverage of some aspects of the wind turbines, you'd better get a more scope-restricted rigorous book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Lopes on 4 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very well written book, covering all the aspects in wind power business It goes from the very basics of the wind resource, to the project economics and environmental impact, including also other aspects related with the turbine technology (electrical, mechanical, aerodynamics, control) and electrical network integration.
Of course that no one will be an imediate expert ready to embrace a wind farm project after reading the book. But there are no such books, right? only experience will give that. Anyhow this is a good startup and I definetely recomend it for anyone interested in this area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. E. Varney on 8 Sept. 2009
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I eventually finished this book about a year ago. I remember thinking to understand it properly you would need to have a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering (or at least physics). There are some concepts I don't think I'll ever get my head around. It has a lot of mathematical formulae, and in the end I was just happy if I could just remember what all the symbols stood for. It covers most topics although it only has a few pages on offshore wind turbines. It also does not discuss vertical axis wind turbines, presumably on the grounds that they're much less efficient than horizontal axis wind turbines. Looking through it now, it seems not to cover small scale wind turbines neither. It's mainly concerned with commercial scale wind turbines capable of generating significant amounts of energy. Otherwise it's fairly comprehensive. It covers aerodynamics, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering aspects, siting considerations and economics. It's an American book, but it keeps to SI units. Actually you don't actually see a lot of units because it does not include any worked examples or questions. It just gives you the mathematical equations. IMO, it's probably not the ideal book for a student to learn about wind power from, unless he/she does have a physics or engineering background, but it's probably a good book for a wind professional to keep on his/her shelf.
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