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Wind Energy Handbook, 2nd Edition

Tony Burton, Nick Jenkins, David Sharpe, Ervin Bossanyi

ISBN: 978-0-470-69975-1 June 2011 780 Pages


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The authoritative reference on wind energy, now fully revised and updated to include offshore wind power

A decade on from its first release, the Wind Energy Handbook, Second Edition, reflects the advances in technology underpinning the continued expansion of the global wind power sector. Harnessing their collective industrial and academic expertise, the authors provide a comprehensive introduction to wind turbine design and wind farm planning for onshore and offshore wind-powered electricity generation.

The major change since the first edition is the addition of a new chapter on offshore wind turbines and offshore wind farm development. Opening with a survey of the present state of offshore wind farm development, the chapter goes on to consider resource assessment and array losses. Then wave loading on support structures is examined in depth, including wind and wave load combinations and descriptions of applicable wave theories. After sections covering optimum machine size and offshore turbine reliability, the different types of support structure deployed to date are described in turn, with emphasis on monopiles, including fatigue analysis in the frequency domain. Final sections examine the assessment of environmental impacts and the design of the power collection and transmission cable network.

New coverage features:

  • turbulence models updated to reflect the latest design standards, including an introduction to the Mann turbulence model
  • extended treatment of horizontal axis wind turbines aerodynamics, now including a survey of wind turbine aerofoils, dynamic stall and computational fluid dynamics
  • developments in turbine design codes
  • techniques for extrapolating extreme loads from simulation results
  • an introduction to the NREL cost model
  • comparison of options for variable speed operation
  • in-depth treatment of individual blade pitch control
  • grid code requirements and the principles governing the connection of large wind farms to transmission networks
  • four pages of full-colour pictures that illustrate blade manufacture, turbine construction and offshore support structure installation

Firmly established as an essential reference, Wind Energy Handbook, Second Edition will prove a real asset to engineers, turbine designers and wind energy consultants both in industry and research. Advanced engineering students and new entrants to the wind energy sector will also find it an invaluable resource.

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About the Authors xvii

Preface to Second Edition xix

Acknowledgements for First Edition xxi

Acknowledgements for Second Edition xxiii

List of Symbols xxv

Figures C1 and C2 – Co-ordinate Systems xxxv

1 Introduction 1

2 The wind resource 9

3 Aerodynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines 39

Appendix A3 lift and drag of aerofoils 120

4 Further aerodynamic topics for wind turbines 137

5 Design loads for horizontal axis wind turbines 193

Appendix 5: dynamic response of stationary blade in turbulent wind 308

6 Conceptual design of horizontal axis wind turbines 325

7 Component design 383

8 The controller 475

9 Wind turbine installations and wind farms 525

10 Wind energy and the electric power system 565

Appendix A10 Simple calculations for the connection of wind turbines 609

11 Offshore wind turbines and wind farms 613

Appendix A11 723

Index 729

"I highly recommend the classic and definitive reference book Wind Energy Handbook, Second Edition by Tony Burton, Nick Jenkins, David Sharpe, and Ervin Bossanyi, to any engineering students in undergraduate or graduate studies, teaching academics, practicing engineers, business leaders in technology or electrical utilities, and government policy makers seeking a complete and authoritative overview of design, manufacturing, and installation of horizontal axis wind turbines. This book offers a complete survey of the field, and contains an important section on wind farms as well. Overall, this is a very important and essential addition to any study or practice in the field." (Blog Business World, 19 February 2012)

"If libraries wish to acquire just one book on wind energy, this title is a very good candidate. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, two-year technical program students, researchers/faulty, technicians/professionals, and informed general readers." (Choice, 1 December 2011)