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Energy and Power Generation Handbook: Established and Emerging Technologies

K. R. Rao
K. R. Rao
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Humans have been harnessing the energy in the wind for several thousand years. Early uses included sailboats and windmills used to pump water and grind grain into flour — hence the term wind mill. In the 1800s, settlers in the western United States used wooden windmills to pump water, and many are still standing. In the late 1800s, the windmill was connected to an electric generator to produce electricity — hence, wind turbine.

In the 1970s and 1980s, wind turbines were clustered into wind farms and connected to the electric grid in California, which marked the first commercial,...

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Wind Turbine Technologies
8.3 Wind Resources in the U.S.
8.4 Wind Plant Economics
8.5 Technical Issues
8.6 Environmental Issues
8.7 Radar Impacts
8.8 Local Impacts
8.9 Addressing Needs for Wind to Reach its Full Potential in the U.S.
8.10 Wind Farm Development
8.11 Wind Resource Assessment
8.12 Wind Farm Design
8.13 Wind Energy Research
8.14 Acronyms
8.15 References
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