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Power from the Wind Achieving Energy Independence

ISBN-10: 086571620X
ISBN-13: 9780865716209
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

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.

Preface
Introduction to Small-Scale Wind Energy
World Wind Energy Resources
The Pros and Cons of Wind Energy
The Purpose of this Book
Organization of this Book
Understanding Wind and Wind Energy
What is Wind?
Offshore and Onshore Winds
Mountain-Valley Breezes
Large-Scale Wind Currents
Wind from Storms
Friction and Turbulence and Smart Siting
The Mathematics of Wind Power
Closing Thoughts
Wind Energy Systems
Components of a Wind Energy System
Wind Energy System Options
Grid-Connected Systems with Battery Backup
Off-Grid (Stand-Alone) Systems
Hybrid Systems
Choosing a Wind Energy System
Wind Site Assessment
Assessing Electrical Demand
Conservation and Efficiency First!
Assessing Your Wind Resource
How Much Electricity Will A Wind Turbine Produce?
Does a Wind System Make Economic Sense?
Putting It All Together
A Primer on Wind Generators
The Anatomy of a Wind Turbine
Improvements in Small Wind Turbines
The Main Components of Wind Turbines
What to Look for When Buying a Wind Machine
Other Considerations
Building Your Own Wind Machine
Conclusion
Towers and Tower Installation
Tower Options
Homebrew Towers
Tower Kits
Tower Anchors and Bases
Safety First
Siting a Tower
Aircraft Safety and the FAA
Protecting Against Lightning
Understanding Batteries
What Types of Batteries Work Best?
Will Any Lead-Acid Battery Work?
Wiring a Battery Bank
Sizing a Battery Bank
Battery Maintenance and Safety
Living with Batteries
Inverters
Battery-Based Inverters for Off-Grid Systems
Batteryless Grid-Tied Inverters
Multifunction Inverters
Buying an Inverter
Conclusion
Maintaining a Wind-Electric System
What's Required
Climbable Towers
Tilt-up Towers
Final Inspections
Conclusion
Final Considerations: Zoning, Permits, Covenants, Utility Companies, Insurance and Buying a System
Zoning, Building Permits, and Restrictive Covenants
Zoning Regulations
Connecting to the Grid: Working with Your Local Utility
Insurance Requirements
Buying a Wind Energy System
Parting Thoughts
Endnotes
Resource Guide
Index
About the Authors

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