Power from the Wind

by: Heather on 03/25/2009
Posted in: New Books

Dan Chiras is one of the most well-respected, authoritative and prolific writers in the fields of renewable energy and green building. In Power From the Wind: Achieving Energy Independence he teams up with wind energy experts Mick Sagrillo and Ian Woofenden to deliver an accessible, practical and easy to understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems.

There's simply so much information in this book that it's very difficult to describe it. So instead of trying, I thought it best to share this quote from the book's introduction:

This book's principal focus is on small wind electric systems. As noted earlier, the rated output of small wind turbines ranges from 1 kilowatt to 100 kilowatts. Most of the turbines we'll be discussing fall in a range from 1 kilowatt to 20 kilowatts. The blades of small turbines (1 to 100 kilowatts) run from 4 feet to 32 feet in length. Small-scale wind systems serve a variety of purposes. The smaller units are sufficient to power cabins and cottages and larger turbines power homes, small businesses, schools, farms, ranches, manufacturing plants and public facilities. Throughout this book, we'll refer to these applications as small wind systems or small-scale wind systems, sometimes even residential and business wind energy systems, to avoid having to repeat the long list of applications.

This book is written for individuals who want to learn about small-scale wind systems. It is also written for those who aren't particularly well versed in electricity and electronics. You won't need a degree in electrical engineering, renewable energy, or physics to make sense of the material covered in this book.

The overarching goal in writing this book was to create a user-friendly book that teaches readers the basics of wind energy and wind energy systems. We should point out emphatically that this book is not an installation manual. It will not turn you into a wind energy installer or equip you to install a wind turbine and tower on your own. It will, however, help you determine if wind energy is right for you. When you finish reading and studying the material in this book, you'll know an amazing amount about wind and wind energy systems. You will have the knowledge required to assess your electrical consumption as well as the wind resource at your site, to determine if wind will meet your needs.

When you are done with this book, you should have a good working knowledge of the key components of wind energy systems, especially wind turbines, towers, batteries and inverters. In keeping with our long-standing goal of creating knowledgeable buyers, this book will help you know what to look for when shopping for a wind energy system. You'll also know how wind machines are installed and their maintenance requirements.

If you choose to hire a professional wind energy expert to install a system, a route we highly recommend, you'll be thankful you've read and studied the material in this book. The more you know, the more input you will have into your system design, components, siting and installation -- and the more likely that you'll be happy with your purchase.

For more information, or to order a copy of Power From the Wind, click on the book cover below.

Power From the Wind


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