The completely revised and updated comprehensive guide to small wind energy systems
Skyrocketing energy costs and constant reminders of the impacts of conventional energy sources are making homeowners and businesses look at different ways to use energy more efficiently and to generate their own electricity to reduce fuel bills and their carbon footprint.
Power From the Wind is the completely revised and updated edition of the go-to guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems. Written for the layperson, this practical guide provides an accurate and unbiased view of all aspects of small wind energy systems, including:
- Wind and wind energy system options
- Ways to assess wind resources at your site
- Wind turbines and towers
- Inverters and batteries
- Installation and maintenance of systems
- Costs and benefits of installing a wind system
Readers will gain the knowledge they need to make wise decisions during the design, purchase, and installation of small wind energy systems and to communicate effectively with wind system installers, and will be empowered to help make the smartest, most economical choices.
Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over 30 books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy and Power from the Sun. He is a certified wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. He is Founder and Director of The Evergreen Institute, which offers workshops on residential renewable energy and green building.
Dan Chiras is founder and director of The Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, which offers workshops on residential renewable energy and green building. He speaks extensively on renewable energy, green building, and sustainable building. He is also the author of over 30 books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy and Power from the Sun. He lives and farms in Gerard, MO.
Preface Chapter 1: Introduction to Small-Scale Wind Energy . World Wind Energy Resources The Pros and Cons of Wind Energy The Purpose of this Book Organization of this Book Chapter 2: Understanding Wind and Wind Energy What is Wind? Offshore and Onshore Winds Mountain-Valley Breezes Large-Scale Wind Currents Wind from Storms Friction and Turbulence and Smart Siting The Mathematics of Wind Power Closing Thoughts Chapter 3: Wind Energy Systems Components of a Wind Energy System Wind Energy System Options Grid-Connected Systems with Battery Backup Off-Grid (Stand-Alone) Systems Hybrid Systems Choosing a Wind Energy System Chapter 4: Wind Site Assessment Assessing Electrical Demand Conservation and Efficiency First! Assessing Your Wind Resource How Much Electricity Will A Wind Turbine Produce? Does a Wind System Make Economic Sense? Putting It All Together Chapter 5: A Primer on Wind Generators The Anatomy of a Wind Turbine Improvements in Small Wind Turbines The Main Components of Wind Turbines What to Look for When Buying a Wind Machine Other Considerations Building Your Own Wind Machine Conclusion Chapter 6: Towers and Tower Installation Tower Options Homebrew Towers Tower Kits Tower Anchors and Bases Safety First Siting a Tower Aircraft Safety and the FAA Protecting Against Lightning Chapter 7: Understanding Batteries What Types of Batteries Work Best? Will Any Lead-Acid Battery Work? Wiring a Battery Bank Sizing a Battery Bank Battery Maintenance and Safety Living with Batteries Chapter 8: Inverters Battery-Based Inverters for Off-Grid Systems Batteryless Grid-Tied Inverters Multifunction Inverters Buying an Inverter Conclusion Chapter 9: Maintaining a Wind-Electric System What's Required Climbable Towers Tilt-up Towers Final Inspections Conclusion Chapter 10: Final Considerations: Zoning, Permits, Covenants, Utility Companies, Insurance and Buying a System Zoning, Building Permits, and Restrictive Covenants Zoning Regulations Connecting to the Grid: Working with Your Local Utility Insurance Requirements Buying a Wind Energy System Parting Thoughts Endnotes Resource Guide Index About the Author A Note About the Publisher