Wind Energy Basics

Wind Energy Basics

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The availability of clean, renewable power is without question going to be the defining challenge and goal of the 21st century, and wind will lead the way. Internationally acclaimed wind energy expert Paul Gipe is as soberly critical of past energy mistakes as he is convincingly optimistic about the future. The overwhelming challenge of transforming our world from one of fossil carbon to one of clean power seems daunting at besta€”and paralyzingly impractical at worst. Wind Energy Basics offers a solution. Wind power can realistically not only replace the liona€™s share of oil-, coal-, and naturalgasa€“ fired electrical plants in the U.S., but also can add enough extra power capacity to allow for most of the cars in the nation to run on electricity. Gipe explains why such a startlingly straightforward solution is eminently doable and can be accomplished much sooner than previously thoughta€”and will have the capacity to resuscitate small and regional economies. Wind Energy Basics offers a how-to for home-based wind applications, with advice on which wind turbines to choose and which to avoid. He guides wind-energy installers through considerations such as renewable investment strategies and gives cautionary tales of wind applications gone wrong. And for the activist, he suggests methods of prodding federal, state, and provincial governments to promote energy independence.With modern electronic controllers, they can also drive electric well pumps and other motors directly without batteries (lower left). ... Since recreational vehicles already have batteries and a charging circuit in place, micro turbines are an ideal addition to the 12-volt system. Many RVs sport solar panels to reduce the running time on their noisy generators, and micro turbines are a natural extension (seeanbsp;...


Title:Wind Energy Basics
Author: Paul Gipe
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2009-05-05
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