Item description for Wind Power Plants: Fundamentals, Design, Construction and Operation by Robert Gasch...
This book offers a comprehensive guide to the fundamentals, design, construction and operation of wind turbines.
Topics include: * introduction to wind energy * historical background * wind turbines -- design and components * the wind * wind turbine dimensioning * calculation of performance characteristics and partial loads behavior * structural loads and strength issues * scaling wind turbines and rules of similarity * wind-pumping systems * power generation * control of wind turbines * dynamic problems of wind turbines * offshore wind farms
Wind Power Plants is essential reading for anyone working in or interested by wind energy, including planning engineers, consultants on renewable energy projects, manufacturers of turbines and components, researchers and students of wind energy. This book includes contributions from 14 experts in academia and industry.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Wind Power Plants: Fundamentals, Design, Construction and Operation?
COMPLETE AND TECHNICAL Nov 7, 2007
If you are a Wind Power Generation enthusiast this book is for you! However I must warn you there is need for a some-how high mathematical knowledge in order to grasp the concepts described, such as: trigonometry, geometry, derivates, integrates, graphics interpretation, etc. It requires to know and understand the basic Physics formulae for: thrust, work, acceleration (Newtons 2nd law), polar inertia, impetu, etc. This is a very technical book intended for Engineers or Technicians. If that is not an issue for you, this is a must have!
Recommended Jul 5, 2007
I chose this book because I wanted to learn in depth about large wind turbine technology, and I regard the authors as true experts on the subject. My professional background: Ph.D. in physics, professional experience as an engineer and with installation of small wind turbines up to 10 kW.
At less than 400 pages this book could easily have had three times its current volume. The authors cannot be complimented enough for restraining themselves and keeping the book short. I was especially impressed by the elegance of their mathematical analysis throughout the book. One can only wonder about the mental effort necessary in order to present the essential material in such a short and precise manner.
There are a few typos in the formulas. Also, this book definitely requires some background in physics (classical mechanics, fluid dynamics),math (calculus, differential equations) and engineering (methods, concepts). Therefore the book is not really suitable as a first introduction to wind power in my opinion, unless you are a true genius.
The inevitable drawback of the short and precise mathematical derivations is that many concepts and formulas must be taken for granted by the reader. This is perfectly fine for the engineer but less appealing to the scientist. However, detailed footnotes and sources at the end of each chapter should enable the reader to dive as deep as he or she wishes.
Although the authors have probably forgotten more on the subject than I will ever learn, I would like to finish with some constructive criticism: First, the book describes several academic projects of the TU Berlin which are pretty irrelevant for the rest of the world. Secondly, the book almost completely ignores the small but perceptible commercial success of small wind power plants either off-grid or in distributed generation. Third, the book wastes a whole chapter on mechanical wind pumping systems which imo really do not belong into it. That technology is pretty much a stillborn child, anyway, because wind is found up high and water down low. A tried and proven purely mechanical design - where feasible - has been known for more than a century in the form of the American farm windmill. The authors later briefly mention wind-electric pumping applications, which manage to avoid the above fundamental technical problem and would fit much better in with the book's title. Finally, the book would benefit from some detailed datasheets and in-depth comparisons of competing manufacturer's technologies in the medium power class. The table on page 341 is a very encouraging first step in that direction.
Overall this book is a great value for its money and will have a secure place in my library. I can't wait for a revised edition which will hopefully incorporate the latest trends and developments in this complex, rapidly developing technology.