Wind Power Generation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128040386, 9780128051924

Wind Power Generation

1st Edition

Authors: Paul Breeze
eBook ISBN: 9780128051924
Paperback ISBN: 9780128040386
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th November 2015
Page Count: 104
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Wind Power Generation is a concise, up-to-date and readable guide providing an introduction to one of the leading renewable power generation technologies. It includes detailed descriptions of on and offshore generation systems, and demystifies the relevant wind energy technology functions in practice as well as exploring the economic and environmental risk factors.

Engineers, managers, policymakers and those involved in planning and delivering energy resources will find this reference a valuable guide, to help establish a reliable power supply address social and economic objectives.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the evolution and developments in wind energy generation
  • Evaluates the economic and environmental viability of the systems with concise diagrams and accessible explanations


The series is targeted at Power generation planners, electrical engineers, students and lecturers of Electrical Engineering and Energy, researchers, academics and the technical community involved in the development and implementation of power generation technologies, and power related engineering disciplines.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. An Introduction to Wind Power
    • Abstract
    • The History of Wind Power
    • Global Wind Power Capacity
  • Chapter 2. The Wind Energy Resource
    • Abstract
    • Wind Speed and Power Generation
    • The Global Wind Resource
  • Chapter 3. The Anatomy of a Wind Turbine
    • Abstract
    • Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
    • Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines
  • Chapter 4. Rotors and Blades
    • Abstract
    • Blade Length
    • Rotor Aerodynamics
    • Energy Capture
    • Tip Speed Ratio
    • Speed Control
    • Blade Design and Construction
    • Advanced Blade and Rotor Design
    • Turbine Lifetimes
  • Chapter 5. Drive Trains, Gearboxes, and Generators
    • Abstract
    • The Wind Turbine Gearbox
    • Generators for Wind Turbines
    • Doubly-Fed Induction Generators
    • Synchronous Generators
    • Direct Drive Generators
  • Chapter 6. Nacelles and Towers
    • Abstract
    • The Nacelle
    • Tower-Top Real-Time Condition Monitoring
    • The Yaw Bearing and Motor
    • Wind Turbine Towers
    • Wind Turbine Foundations
    • Wind Turbine Resonances
  • Chapter 7. Wind Farms, Electrical Optimization, and Repowering
    • Abstract
    • Array Optimization
    • Cable Layout
    • Wind Turbine Transformers
    • Repowering Wind Farms
  • Chapter 8. Small Wind Turbines
    • Abstract
    • Small Wind Turbine Manufacturers and Applications
    • Small Wind Turbine Technologies
    • Siting Small Wind Turbines
  • Chapter 9. Offshore Wind
    • Abstract
    • Offshore Wind Turbine Technology
    • Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbines
    • Floating Wind Turbine Foundations
    • Offshore Wind Turbine Size
    • Infrastructure Considerations and Offshore Grids
  • Chapter 10. Wind Power Grid Integration and Environmental Issues
    • Abstract
    • Wind Integration and Grid Operation
    • Energy Storage
    • Geographical Averaging of Wind Output
    • Wind Integration Limits
    • Wind Energy and Grid Structural Issues
    • Wind Power and the Environment
  • Chapter 11. The Cost of Electricity from Wind Turbines
    • Abstract
    • Levelized Cost of Energy Model
    • Wind Turbine Capital Costs
    • The Levelized Cost of Wind Energy


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About the Author

Paul Breeze

Paul Breeze is a journalist and freelance Science and Technology writer and consultant in the UK who has specialized in power generation technology for the past 30 years. In addition to writing Power Generation Technologies, Second Edition, he has contributed to journals and newspapers such as The Financial Times and The Economist and has written a range of technical management reports covering all aspects of power generation, transmission, and distribution.

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Freelance Science and Technology Writer/Consultant, UK

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