Wind Energy Explained

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9780471499893: Wind Energy Explained

This authoritative textbook is intended to provide both a thorough and highly accessible introduction to the cross-disciplinary field of wind engineering. The economic viability and political appeal of wind power is on the increase, making this text a timely addition to the literature.
* Developed to complement the increasing number of renewable/wind energy courses now available
* End-of-chapter tutorial sections (solutions manual available)
* Combines both academic and industrial experience giving the text a dual market appeal
* Comprehensive coverage spans every aspect of wind energy engineering

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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.

About the Author:

James Manwell is a professor of Mechanical Engineering the University of Massachusetts and the Director of the Wind Energy Center there. He hold an M.S. in Electrical and Computer engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. he has been involved with a wide range of wind energy research areas since the mid 1970's. These range from wind turbine dynamics to wind hybrid power systems. His most recent research has focused on the assessment of external conditions related to the design of offshore wind turbines. he has participated in activities of the International Energy Agency, the International Electrotechnical Commission and the International Science Panel on Renewable Energies. He lives in Conway, Massachusetts.

John McGowan a professor Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts and the co-Director of the Wind Energy Center there. He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. During his forty plus years at the University he has developed and taught a number of fundamental undergraduate/graduate engineering courses in renewable energy and energy conversion. His research and graduate student supervision at UMass has produced approximately 200 technical papers in a wide range of energy conversion applications. His recent research interests in wind engineering have been concentrated in the areas of wind system siting, hybrid systems modeling, economics, and offshore wind engineering. Professor McGowan is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and editor of Wind Engineering journal. He lives in Northfield, Massachusetts.

Anthony Rogers holds both and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and was formerly a senior research engineer in the Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (now the Wind Energy center) there. He is presently a senior engineer at DNV Global Energy Concepts. He has had a long career in the wind energy field, and has been involved with a wide range of topics. These have included wind turbine monitoring and control and the application of remote sensing devices. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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