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Wind Turbine Technology, 1st Edition

  • Ahmad Hemami Iowa Lakes Community College
  • ISBN-10: 1435486463  |  ISBN-13: 9781435486461
  • 416 Pages
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $100.25
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WIND TURBINE TECHNOLOGY, is a comprehensive and well illustrated text on the theory and operations of wind turbines that generate electricity for power companies. This text is written for an introductory course in wind energy technology. It prepares readers for a career as wind energy technicians who are responsible for maintaining, servicing and troubleshooting turbines on wind farms. This is an inclusive text that covers the main subjects associated with wind turbines. Dr. Hemami uses a practical, step-by-step manner with many examples and applications to help students to have a better understanding of the material. The text is divided into 17 progressive chapters. The book is divided into progressive sections, starting with fundamental subjects such as energy in the wind and effect of wind on a blade and continues onto more advanced materials such as grid connection and economics of wind turbines.

Features and Benefits

  • Clear and simple presentation of concepts allows easier comprehension of the subject matter.
  • Text boxes highlight important information.
  • Includes beginning of chapter learning objectives to aid in understanding of the presented materials as well as discussion questions and chapter summaries with quick check list of discussed topics.
  • Examples show real scenarios and practice problems for thorough understanding of the concepts and content.
  • An "advanced learning" section in most chapters provide students with more advanced discussions on the topics covered.
  • A practical project at the end of most chapters stimulates interest as well as comprehension of the concepts.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Energy in the Wind.
3. Fundamentals.
4. Wind Turbine Basic Types, Analysis and Characteristics.
5. Propeller Wind Turbine.
6. Electricity and Electric generation.
7. Propeller-Type Wind Turbine Characteristics.
8. Grid Connection.
9. Wind turbine mechanical systems.
10. Control of Wind Turbines (Part 1: Mechanical Side).
11. Control of Wind Turbines (Part 2: Generator Side).
12. Ancillary Electric Devices.
13. Wind Turbine Mechanical Design Matters.
14. Economics of Wind Energy.
15. Environmental Concerns.
16. Safety and Other Issues.
17. Working on Wind Turbines and Operator's Safety.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The author does a great job of explaining theories and concepts in easy to understand terminology."

— Lucas J. Chavey, Cloud County Community College

"The author's methods of explaining confusing concepts like power factor, tip speed ratio, and aerodynamic stall are superb and will serve well for students with little technical background."

— Lucas J. Chavey, Cloud County Community College

"The book is a good focused intro to the wind energy industry. The topics were developed and laid out clearly and logically."

— George P. Lister, Texas State Technical College West Texas


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1435486455 | ISBN-13: 9781435486454)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Ahmad Hemami

Ahmad Hemami received his BSc degree in mechanical engineering. He holds a PhD in system dynamics and control from the Department of Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, University of Salford, UK. Dr. Hemami has several years of industrial, academic and research experience. His expertise is in systems, robotics, control and automation, and wind energy. He has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanical engineering, supervised a number of MSc and PhD students at Concordia University and McGill University in Canada. Dr. Hemami has served as consultant for industry. The results of his analytical and experimental research on pertinent subjects have been presented in more than 100 journal and conference publications. His work is now focused on energy and environment.