Small-Scale Wind Power: Design, Analysis, and Environmental Impacts

John P. Abraham
Brian Plourde

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In today's world, clean and robust energy sources are being sought to provide power to residences, commercial operations, and manufacturing enterprises. Among the most appealing energy sources is wind power--with its high reliability and low environmental impact. Wind power's rapid penetration into markets throughout the world has taken many forms, and this book discusses the types of wind power, as well as the appropriate decisions that need to be made regarding wind power design, testing, installation, and analysis.

Inside, the authors detail the design of various small-wind systems including horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWTs) and vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs). The design of wind turbines takes advantage of many avenues of investigation, all of which are included in the book. Analytical methods that have been developed over the past few decades are major methods used for design. Alternatively, experimentation (typically using scaled models in wind tunnels) and numerical simulation (using modern computational fluid dynamic software) are also used and will be dealt with in depth.

In addition to the analysis of wind turbine performance, it is important for users to assess the economic benefits of using wind power. An entire chapter of this book is devoted to this topic, as well as case studies that help elucidate the issues that you'll need to consider, from siting and mechanical complications, to performance and maintenance.

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John Abraham

John Abraham

Dr. John Abraham is a Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Over the past 20 years, he has completed many research projects in the thermal sciences. His work is both computational and experimental and covers both fundamentals as well as applications. His major research topics are: clean energy generation, climate change, turbulent fluid flow, and heat transfer and fluid flow in biological systems. He has produced approximately 200 journal papers, books, book chapters, patents, and conference presentations.

Brian Plourde

Mr. Brian Plourde holds MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of St. Thomas. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of St. Thomas where he directs industrial research projects. He has worked on wind power, biomedical engineering, solar power, manufacturing, and energy generation areas. Mr. Plourde has also helped start three companies in the medical device and clean energy sectors.