Small Wind

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-09-24
  • Publisher: Academic Pr

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Small wind turbines provide an increasingly popular way for individual businesses, farms, and homes to generate their own electricity, potentially cutting their energy bills drastically, while generating power in an environmentally sound manner. The challenges facing the engineers who are tasked with planning and developing these small wind systems are multifaceted, from choosing the best site and accurately estimating likely power output, to obtaining proper permitting and troubleshooting operational inefficiencies. 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. This book provides a cohesive guide to achieving sucessful 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. Establishes technical guidelines for the growing number of engineers called upon to plan and develop small wind projects who do not yet have real-world experience. Identifies and explains the critical issues for small wind installations, including siting, turbine choice, applications & permitting, economics, load management, grid integration, etc. Case studies from real projects demonstrate key considerations for success, complete with template spreadsheets and measurements needed to support project planning efforts

Table of Contents

Introduction to Small Wind
Site Evaluation
Needs Evaluation
Wind Turbine Components and Descriptions
Towers and foundations
Machine Selection
Economic Considerations
System Operation with Electrical Interconnections
System Operation in Stand-Alone Machines
Operational Troubleshooting
Distributed Wind Systems as a Growth of Small Wind
Future of Small Wind
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