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Wind Turbine Technology: Fundamental Concepts in Wind Turbine Engineering, Second Edition

David A. Spera, Ph.D.
David A. Spera, Ph.D.
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The preceding chapter traces the development of wind power technology from ancient windmills through the historic Smith-Putnam project which ended in 1945. During the next 40-odd years, wind energy enthusiasts proposed turbine designs covering every conceivable concept, shape, and size. Many of these resulted in complete designs, and a large number were built and tested. In the last decade of the 20th century typical configurations of modern horizontal-axis and vertical-axis wind turbines (HAWTs and VAWTs) began to emerge, and these will be described in this chapter. The evolutionary process that led to modern wind turbine configurations is described in detail...

Modern Large-Scale Wind Turbines
General Configurations of Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbines
General Configuration of a Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine
Wind Turbine System Performance
Wind Turbine Economics
Offshore vs. Onshore Wind Power Station Costs
Rotationally-Sampled Wind Turbulence
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