Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment, Second Edition

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CRC Press, Dec 12, 2013 - Science - 338 pages

As the demand for energy increases, and fossil fuels continue to decrease, Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment, Second Edition considers the viability of wind as an alternative renewable energy source. This book examines the wind industry from its start in the 1970s until now, and introduces all aspects of wind energy.

The phenomenal growth of wind power for utilities is covered along with applications such as wind-diesel, village power, telecommunications, and street lighting.. It covers the characteristics of wind, such as shear, power potential, turbulence, wind resource, wind turbine types, and designs and performance. The text discusses the measurement and siting of individual wind turbines, and considers the development and economic impact of wind farms.

What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • Expands the section on distributed wind
  • Adds new sections on global warming, community wind, and storage
  • Illustrates the need for a shift to renewable energy through discussions on energy use and the order of magnitude estimates for the lifetime of fossil fuels
  • Discusses the interconnection of wind turbines to utility grids, regulations on installation and operation, and environmental concerns

This book provides material on statistics, installation, types, and energy data, as well as new information, applications, and updates on the wind industry.

It serves as a resource for practicing professionals in the wind energy industry, and can be used by undergraduate and graduate students in energy engineering/environmental engineering/wind technology.


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Wind Characteristics
Wind Resource Assessment
Wind Turbines
Design of Wind Turbines
Electrical Issues
Applications and Wind Industry
Institutional Issues
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Dr. Vaughn Nelson is the author of four books and four CDs and has published over fifty articles and reports. He also served as the principal investigator on numerous grants and conducted more than sixty workshops and seminars. Presently he is a professor emeritus of physics and remains in close contact with the Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Nelson developed the material for an online course in renewable energy at WTAMU in 2010 and the resulting book, Introduction to Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy and the Environment, was published by CRC Press in 2011. Dr. Nelson earned a PhD in physics from the University of Kansas, an EdM from Harvard University, and a BSE from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia.

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