9780865716209

Power from the Wind : Achieving Energy Independence

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  • ISBN13:

    9780865716209

  • ISBN10:

    086571620X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/1/2009
  • Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
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Summary

Faced with frequent power outages, skyrocketing energy costs, and constant reminders of the impacts of conventional energy sources, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently and to generate their own electricity to reduce fuel bills and their carbon footprint and to achieve greater independence. Power From the Wind is an easy-to-understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems and includes information on the following: Ways to assess wind resources at your site Wind turbines, towers, inverters, and batteries Installation, maintenance, and costs This book is designed to help readers make the smartest, most economical choices. Readers will gain the knowledge they need to make wise decisions during the design, purchase, and installation of small wind energy systems and to communicate effectively with wind system installers. Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over twenty-four books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. He is a certified wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. Dan lives in a passive solar home in Evergreen, Colorado. Mick Sagrillo is the wind technology specialist for Wisconsin's Focus on Energy. Ian Woofenden is a wind electricity editor, writer, workshop coordinator, instructor, and user in Washington's San Juan Islands.

Author Biography

Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over two-dozen books on green building and residential renewable energy, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. He is a certified wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. Dan lives in a passive solar home in Evergreen, Colorado. Mick Sagrillo has 30 years experience with small wind turbines and powers his home with wind. Mick consults and teaches workshops nationally and internationally on the subject and served as the wind technology specialist for Wisconsin's Focus on Energy. Ian Woofenden is a wind electricity editor, writer, workshop coordinator, and instructor, and powers his home in Washington's San Juan Islands with wind and solar.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction to Small-Scale Wind Energyp. 1
World Wind Energy Resourcesp. 6
The Pros and Cons of Wind Energyp. 8
The Purpose of this Bookp. 21
Organization of this Bookp. 22
Understanding Wind and Wind Energyp. 25
What is Wind?p. 26
Offshore and Onshore Windsp. 26
Mountain-Valley Breezesp. 28
Large-Scale Wind Currentsp. 30
Wind from Stormsp. 34
Friction and Turbulence and Smart Sitingp. 35
The Mathematics of Wind Powerp. 39
Closing Thoughtsp. 43
Wind Energy Systemsp. 45
Components of a Wind Energy Systemp. 45
Wind Energy System Optionsp. 49
Grid-Connected Systems with Battery Backupp. 59
Off-Grid (Stand-Alone) Systemsp. 64
Hybrid Systemsp. 70
Choosing a Wind Energy Systemp. 73
Wind Site Assessmentp. 75
Assessing Electrical Demandp. 76
Conservation and Efficiency First!p. 84
Assessing Your Wind Resourcep. 86
How Much Electricity Will A Wind Turbine Produce?p. 97
Does a Wind System Make Economic Sense?p. 98
Putting It All Togetherp. 105
A Primer on Wind Generatorsp. 109
The Anatomy of a Wind Turbinep. 109
Improvements in Small Wind Turbinesp. 116
The Main Components of Wind Turbinesp. 118
What to Look for When Buying a Wind Machinep. 120
Other Considerationsp. 135
Building Your Own Wind Machinep. 139
Conclusionp. 143
Towers and Tower Installationp. 145
Tower Optionsp. 148
Homebrew Towersp. 161
Tower Kitsp. 161
Tower Anchors and Basesp. 163
Safety Firstp. 167
Siting a Towerp. 169
Aircraft Safety and the FAAp. 176
Protecting Against Lightningp. 177
Understanding Batteriesp. 179
What Types of Batteries Work Best?p. 179
Will Any Lead-Acid Battery Work?p. 181
Wiring a Battery Bankp. 185
Sizing a Battery Bankp. 187
Battery Maintenance and Safetyp. 189
Living with Batteriesp. 203
Invertersp. 205
Battery-Based Inverters for Off-Grid Systemsp. 206
Batteryless Grid-Tied Invertersp. 212
Multifunction Invertersp. 214
Buying an Inverterp. 216
Conclusionp. 223
Maintaining a Wind-Electric Systemp. 225
What's Requiredp. 226
Climbable Towersp. 226
Tilt-up Towersp. 229
Final Inspectionsp. 230
Conclusionp. 230
Final Considerations: Zoning, Permits, Covenants, Utility Companies, Insurance and Buying a Systemp. 231
Zoning, Building Permits, and Restrictive Covenantsp. 231
Zoning Regulationsp. 231
Connecting to the Grid: Working with Your Local Utilityp. 239
Insurance Requirementsp. 241
Buying a Wind Energy Systemp. 244
Parting Thoughtsp. 245
Endnotesp. 248
Resource Guidep. 251
Indexp. 259
About the Authorsp. 273
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