Description

Small wind turbines utilize wind energy to produce power with rated capacities of 100 kilowatts or less. With this increasingly popular technology, individual businesses, farms, and homes can generate their own electricity and cut their energy bills , while generating power in an environmentally sound manner. The challenges facing the engineers who are tasked with planning and developing these small wind systems are multifaceted, from choosing the best site and accurately estimating  power output, to obtaining proper permitting and troubleshooting operational inefficiencies. Optimization of project development for small wind applications is a necessity. Small Wind: Planning and Building Successful Installations provides a cohesive guide to achieving successful small wind installations from an informed expert. It is a comprehensive information resource from one of the world’s most experienced small wind professionals, covering all the key issues for small wind system development, from site and machine selection to international standards compliance.

Key Features

  • Establishes technical guidelines for the growing number of engineers called upon to plan small wind projects
  • Identifies and explains the critical issues for small wind installations, including siting, turbine choice, applications and permitting, economics, load management, and grid integration
  • Examples from real projects demonstrate key considerations for success, complete with template spreadsheets and measurements needed to support project planning efforts
  • Includes reports on the most commonly used turbines and designs and synthesizes and clarifies relevant wind industry documentation, saving readers endless hours of research

Readership

Primary: Renewable Energy professionals, esp. Mechanical, Electrical & Civil Engineers working in the Wind Power industry as Project Developers and Managers, Wind Turbine Designers and Manufacturers
Secondary: Engineering students in 4-year and technical school programs studying to enter the “green jobs” sphere; Agricultural & Power Engineers working on small wind projects

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Dedication

Introduction Harvesting the Wind

Wind Energy Principles

References

Chapter One. Site Evaluation: Examining the Proposed Site to Ensure That It Has Adequate Wind and Space

Abstract

Calculating Wind Speed Distribution from Average Wind Speed

Measuring Wind Speed at Potential Wind Turbine Site

Estimating Annual Energy Production

Selecting the Location for the Wind Turbine

Institutional Siting

Setback

Siting Issues for Construction

References

Chapter Two. Needs Evaluation: Determining Power Needed to Meet the Owner’s Request

Abstract

Grid-Connected Electric Power Generation

Stand-Alone Applications (No Grid)

Measuring Current Energy Use

Estimating Loads for New Construction

References

Chapter Three. Wind Turbine Components and Descriptions: Essential Components to Have a Productive, Reliable, and Safe Wind Machine

Abstract

Horizontal Axis And Vertical Axis Machines

Drag Devices

Lift Devices

Rotor Designs

Rotor Hubs

Energy Conversion Systems

Brakes

Controllers

References

Chapter Four. Towers and Foundations: Support Structures That Make the Project Successful

Abstract

Guyed Towers

Freestanding Towers

Towers for Vertical Axis And Other Turbines

References

Chapter Five. Machine Selection: Matching the Machine to the Site and Power Needs

Abstract

Selection using Performance Information

Matching Annual Energy Consumed to Energy Produced

Sizing a Machine for Off-Grid Applications

Machine Noise, Reliability, and Safety Information

Aesthetics

Costs

References

Chapter Six. Permitting: Meeting the Institutional Issues fo

Details

No. of pages:
224
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780123859990
Electronic ISBN:
9780123860002