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Author Musgrove, Peter

Title Wind power / Peter Musgrove

Publ Info Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010
LOCATION CALL # STATUS NOTE
 CCRI-Newport  TJ828 .M875 2010    AVAILABLE
 CCRI-Prov.  TJ828 .M875 2010    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  TJ828 .M875 2010    AVAILABLE
 URI  TJ828 .M875 2010    AVAILABLE
Descript xiv, 323 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 306-319) and index
Contents 1. Wind power and our energy needs: an overview : Traditional windmills ; Power and energy in the modern world ; Global warming and climate change ; Renewable energy sources ; Wind energy conversion ; Wind power's growth and potential -- 2. The first windmills : Hero's toy windmill ; Early Persian drag-driven windmills ; Chinese drag-driven windmills ; The European windmill -- 3. Seven centuries of service : Post mills ; Smock mills and tower mills ; The power output from traditional windmills ; Land drainage and other applications ; The windmill's nineteenth-century peak ; Causes of decline ; The American multi-bladed windpump -- 4. Generating electricity: the experimental years, 1887 to 1973 : The first wind-powered electricity generation ; Danish beginnings: Poul la Cour ; The inter-war years ; Small wind-electric systems ; Grandpa's Knob, Vermont: the first megawatt-plus machine ; Wartime shortages rekindle Danish interest ; Post-war energy concerns, and Denmark's Gedser mill ; French and German post-war programmes ; The UK post-war programme -- 5. The evolution of the modern wind turbine, 1973 to 1990 : The 1973 oil crisis ; The American Federal wind power program ; European national wind power programmes ; A different Danish way forward ; The Californian wind boom ; Danish success factors -- 6. Progress and economics in Europe, 1973 to 1990 : Denmark ; The Netherlands and Germany -- 7. UK progress, 1973 to 1990 : Wind power: the least promising renewables option? ; The offshore wind potential ; Managing wind power's variability ; The Department of Energy wind programme ; Other UK wind turbine developments ; Institutional barriers ; Privatisation and the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO) -- 8. Development and deployment, 1990 to 2008 : Global overview ; Denmark ; Germany ; Spain ; United Kingdom ; United States ; Canada, Netherlands and Japan ; India ; China -- 9. The future: from marginal to mainstream : Low-carbon options for electricity generation ; Wind power's progress ; Cost-of-energy comparisons ; Variability: keeping the lights on ; Wind power's global growth -- Appendix A. The power output from wind turbines : The Betz limit ; How many blades? The effect of solidity ; Efficiency ; Rotor drag -- Appendix B. The performance of traditional windmills : The power required to grind wheat ; Smeaton's 1759 measurements using model windmills ; Coulomb's 1781 measurements on working windmills ; Dutch measurements on windmills in the 1920s and 1930s ; Smeaton's anomalous results ; The power available from traditional windmills ; Comparison with drag-driven Persian windmills -- Appendix C. Wind characteristics : Wind speed variation with height ; Wind speed distribution
LC subject Wind power
ISBN 9780521762380 (hbk.)
0521762383 (hbk.)
9780521747639 (pbk.)
0521747635 (pbk.)