Item description for Wind Power, Revised Edition: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business by Paul Gipe...
Wind energy today is a booming worldwide industry. The technology has truly come of age, with better, more reliable machinery and a greater understanding of how and where wind power makes sense--from the independent homestead to a grid-connected utility-wide perspective. Heightened concerns about our environment mean that this resurgence of interest in wind--a natural and widespread power source--is here to stay. Wind Power is the completely revised and expanded edition of Paul Gipe's definitive 1993 book, Wind Power for Home and Business. In addition to expanded sections on gauging wind resources and siting wind turbines, this edition includes new examples and case studies of successful wind systems, international sources for new and used equipment, and hundreds of color photographs and illustrations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 7.9" Height: 1.4" Weight: 3.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2004
Publisher Chelsea Green Publishing Company
ISBN 1931498601 ISBN13 9781931498609
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul Gipe
Paul Gipe has written extensively about renewable energy for both the popular and trade press. He has also lectured widely on wind energy and how to minimize its impact on the environment and the communities of which it is a part. For his efforts, the World Wind Energy Association presented Gipe with their World Wind Energy Award in 2008, the World Renewable Energy Congress honored him as a "pioneer" in 1998, and the American Wind Energy Association named him as the industry's "person of the year" in 1988.
His most recent book, Wind Energy Basics: A Guide to Home- and Community-Scale Wind Energy Systems was published by Chelsea Green in May, 2009.
Gipe's book Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, & Business is available in both hardback and paperback and is published in French as Le Grand Livre de l'Eolien by les editions du Moniteur.
In 2004, Gipe served as the acting executive director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association where he created, managed, and implemented a provincial campaign for Advanced Renewable Tariffs. The campaign sought to adapt electricity feed laws to the North American market and was instrumental in placing the European concept on the political agenda in Canada and the United States.
Gipe first publicly called for a feed law in the US in his campaign for the board of directors of the American Wind Energy Association in 1998.
Reviews - What do customers think about Wind Power, Revised Edition: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business?
Almost one stop shopping Aug 2, 2008
Paul Gipe has provided a thoroughly readable text presenting all details necessary for selecting and managing a windfarm. It is clear that he has dedicated his life to this technology.
This text provides charts and equations for sizing windmills. It includes numerous recommendations for selecting vendors and contractors for installing a windmill, and lots of maintenance details. What I found particularly interesting was his descriptions of past failures and why they failed. He warns you of danger signals when buying a windmill such as:
The maximum capacity for generating electricity from a windmill is determined by its rotor not its generator.
I am still in the process of reading this massive text but the first 200 pages have been enlightening. I highly recommend this text for anyone involved in establishing a windfarm for municipalities and others. This is a must read.
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Blown away with all this information Jun 1, 2008
This is a very technical book. Loads of details. Eye opening for any amature thinking "Oh, I'll just get a windmill and I won't have any more electric bills!" Worth reading if you really want to produce green electricity. You need considerable land, about a year's worth the wind data for your particular site, more than a few thousand bucks, and even then, you may still find that it won't pay for itself. One thing I didn't think about is that ice can form on the blades and fling off- hitting your home, a neighbor's home, or a car... Is it a good book? Yes. Very clear, complete information on the topic.
Zero to Sixty (mph) in One Week Jan 16, 2008
Are you starting from zero knowledge regarding wind energy? Do you want to get up to full speed in a reasonable amount of time? If yes, then this is definitely the book for you. Paul Gipe has captured the essence of not only the fundamental technology but also the industry in general. Once done with this book, you will have the cranial capital to dig deeper into the engineering, the municipal or national scene, or the fundamentals of financing including energy-cash flow analysis. There is plenty of nitty-gritty for whatever side of the technology you prefer to understand, including building your own system. And there are many specific and anecdotal examples to support the many scenarios described. Yours is sure to be one of them. To paraphrase the late Abby Hoffman - *Buy This Book* You'll be up to 60 mph (26.8 meters/second) in no time.
Wind Power Nov 18, 2007
Wind Power, Revised Edition: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business
This book is the bible for learning the history and current configurations of wind power and a welth of information as to how to set up your windmill and problems you may run into with your utility company. It is required reading for anyone thinking about setting up a wind generator.
Make This Your 1st Book on Wind Power Jan 26, 2007
Paul Gipe truly knows his industry. Whether you're thinking about installing a small wind turbine or want to invest in a megawatt model, you should make this your first purchase. You'll feel like you've completed a college course on wind power after reading this book.