Small Wind, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123860008
  • ISBN-13: 9780123860002
  • DDC: 621.31
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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This book provides a cohesive guide to achieving successful small wind installations. 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. Engineers who are tasked with planning and developing these small wind systems, from choosing the best site and accurately estimating likely power output to obtaining proper permitting and troubleshooting operational inefficiencies, will find this book an essential reference. Simply utilizing the processes followed in the creation of large-scale wind farms will lead to certain failure; optimization of project development for small wind applications is a necessity. In all phases of the process, there are key concerns to undertake and guidelines to follow that, if properly taken into account, can literally save project planners and managers tens of thousands of dollars and untold months of potential development delays. Establishes technical guidelines for the growing number of engineers called upon to plan small wind projects who do not yet have great amounts of real-world experience, giving them an invaluable head start.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Harvesting the Wind.
2: Site Evaluation: Examining the Proposed Site to Ensure That it has Adequate Wind and Space.
3: Needs Evaluation: Determining Power Needed to Meet the Owner’s Request.
4: Wind Turbine Components and Descriptions: Essential Components to have a Productive, Reliable, and Safe Wind Machine.
5: Towers and Foundations: Support Structures That Make the Project Successful.
6: Machine Selection: Matching the Machine to the Site and Power Needs.
7: Permitting: Meeting the Institutional Issues for Installing a Small Wind Machine.
8: Installation: Integrating the Machine, Load, and Site into a Complete Package.
9: System Operation with Electrical Interconnections: Working with Electrical Utilities and Transmission Companies.
10: System Operations of Stand-Alone Machines: Making Systems Work Without an Electrical Grid.
11: Economic Considerations: Predicting the Economic Reality of an Installation.
12: Operation and Maintenance: A Guide to Long-Term Operation and Maintenance Issues.
13: Distributed Wind Systems: Promoting Growth of Small Wind Systems.
14: The Future of Small Wind: Factors That May or May Not Affect the Growth of Small Wind.
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