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Aerodynamics of Wind TurbinesAerodynamics of Wind Turbines
Martin O. L. Hansen

Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines is the established essential text for the fundamental solutions to efficient wind turbine design. Now in its second edition, it has been entirely updated and substantially extended to reflect advances in technology, research into rotor aerodynamics and the structural response of the wind turbine structure. 2007, EarthScan

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Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound
Wendy Williams and robert Whitcomb

Energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon had a bold idea: plant 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound to take advantage of the steady winds. The project stirred up world-class NIMBY responses from the money residents of this offshore enclave. Senator Ted Kennedy, environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr., Listerine heiress Bunny Mellon and coal, oil and gas magnate William Koch were stubbornly opposed to the project that could affect the views from their estates. This true-life tale of political struggle between those proposing alternative energy projects and landowners and politicians is a harbinger of future conflicts as we reluctantly consider alternatives to oil. 2008, PublicAffairs

Power from the WindPower From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence
Dan Chiras, Mick Sagrillo and Ian Woofenden

Faced with frequent power outages, skyrocketing energy costs, and constant reminders of the impacts of conventional energy sources, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently and to generate their own electricity to reduce fuel bills and their carbon footprint and to achieve greater independence. Power From the Wind is an easy-to-understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems. 2009, New Society Publishers

Reaping the WindReaping the Wind: How Mechanical Wizards, Visionaries, and Profiteers Helped Shape Our Energy Future
Peter Asmus

Journalist Peter Asmus tells the fascinating and convoluted history of commercial wind power in the United States. He introduces readers to maverick scientists and technologists who labored in obscurity, to entrepreneurs and visionary capitalists who believed that a centuries-old idea could be made feasible in the modern world, and to enterprising financial advisors and investors who sought to exploit the last great tax shelter in federal history. From the solitary windmill standing sentry over a rural homestead to the sleek machinery of a modern wind farm, this is the story of the development of commercial wind power. 2000, Island Press

Wind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home - and Community-Scale Wind-energy SystemsWind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home- and Community-Scale Wind-Energy Systems
Paul Gipe

Wind power can realistically not only replace the lion's share of oil-, coal-, and natural gas- fired electrical plants in the U.S., but also can add enough extra power capacity to allow for most of the cars in the nation to run on electricity. Gipe explains why such a startlingly straightforward solution is eminently doable and can be accomplished much sooner than previously thought--and will have the capacity to resuscitate small and regional economies. Wind Energy Basics offers a how-to for home-based wind applications, with advice on which wind turbines to choose and which to avoid. 2009, Chelsea Green Publishing; 2nd edition

Wind Energy: fundamentals, resource analysis and economicsWind Energy: Fundamentals, Resource Analysis and Economics
Sathyajith Mathew

This book covers all the major aspects of wind energy as a power generation resource, including turbine design and performance, analysis of wind regimes, environmental cost vs. benefit analysis of wind energy; design and siting of wind energy conversion systems, and the economics of wind energy. The author emphasizes wind resource analysis and related economic decision-making. 2006, Springer

Wind Energy HandbookWind Energy Handbook
Tony Burton, David Sharpe and Nick Jenkins

Wind energy has become the world's fastest growing energy source. This Handbook provides a comprehensive treatment of wind energy for electricity generation. It includes an overview of wind turbine technology and wind farm design; examination of the aerodynamics and performance of land-based wind turbines; description of the wind resource, including wind speed variables and turbulence; wind farm siting constraints; assessment of environmental impact of wind farms; and integration of wind farms into the electrical power system. 2001, Wiley

Wind Energy in AmericaWind Energy in America: A History
Robert W. Righter

Righter tells the story of the development of systems to harness wind energy, beginning in the Middle Ages. Of particular interest is the history of the American windmill pioneers form the 1920s to the 1950s who designed both for pumping water from the ground and for generating electricity. He explores the early struggles to bring wind power electrical generation to commercial viability, and the continuing political struggles between fossil-fueled utilities and energy innovators. 2008, University of Oklahoma Press

Wind Energy in the 21st CenturyWind Energy in the 21st Century: Economics, Policy, Technology and the Changing Electricity Industry
Robert Y. Redlinger, Per Dannemand Andersen and Poul Erik Morthorst

Wind energy is the great success story of modern renewable energy. Since the industry's rebirth following the energy crisis of the 1970s, thousands of wind energy projects have been installed around the world. The technology today is competitive with traditional fosil-fueled electricity generation. Wind Energy in the 21st Century explores the current economic, financial, technical, environmental, competitive, and policy considerations facing the wind energy industry, as well as the latest electricity industry trends including deregulation, green markets, and tradable renewable credits. 2001, Palgrave Macmillan

Wind Power Basics
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Wind Power Basics: A Green Energy Guide
Dan Chiras

Wind energy is the fastest growing source of energy in the world, and by the year 2020 it is projected to supply at least 12 percent of global electrical demand. Wind Power Basics provides a clear understanding of wind and wind energy systems, including turbines, towers, inverters and batteries, site assessment, installation, and maintenance requirements. Author Chiras offers homeowners a clean view of wind technology, covering wind energy systems ranging from turbines to batteries, and including site assessment and maintenance of wind power options. 2010, New Society Publishers

Wind Power for Dummies
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Wind Power For Dummies
Ian Woofenden

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. The consumer guide to small-scale wind electricity production! 2009, For Dummies

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