June 27, 2008

Book Review - Wind Power

Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business
Completely Revised and Expanded Ed.
Paul Gipe
TJ 820 .G57 2004

This book surveys the entire field of wind energy. It addresses how individuals and businesses can select, buy and install a wind turbine system safely. This is the third edition of this title, originally begun in the early 1980's, but the structure remains the same. Gipe begins by explaining the terminology and functions of wind power systems and how to compare them. He then discusses how wind power can be used and discusses the details of evaluating a potential site. He discusses the potential output of wind power systems, including both scientific considerations and economic ramifications. Several chapters discuss evaluating wind power technology and selecting and purchasing a cost-effective system. Gipe evaluates the pros and cons of connecting with other utilities, particularly water, as well as going "off the grid." He then focuses on practical considerations of choosing a site, installing, and maintaining the system. Extensive appendices provide energy and power conversion charts, wind maps, comparisons of small wind turbines, listings of manufacturers and organizations who provide information on wind power, glossaries, and a bibliography. This book discusses not only the theory and potential uses of wind energy, but is full of practical information for those who want to use it to power their own homes or businesses.