Wind Power by Rebecca L. Busby
The Industry Grows Up

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In her timely new book, best-selling author Rebecca Busby provides a balanced, comprehensive view of the wind power industry. Dr. Jon G. McGowan recommends this well-written and well-documented book 'as required reading for people who want to obtain an initial overview of this most interesting energy field.'

The book enables readers to:

* Expand their knowledge of the environmental and economic issues associated with wind power development
* Understand the steps involved in developing a wind farm and the best ways to operate it successfully and profitably
* Find out how wind energy is integrated into power grids and transmission networks, including the growing use of technologies for energy storage
* Get an overall picture of the global wind business and the deployment of offshore wind power
* Learn the basics of how wind power is generated and used, how wind turbines work, and how wind power systems are designed
* Understand how wind energy is measured and evaluated at prospective sites with included maps of wind resources worldwide
* Review the status of global wind energy research, technology development, and product testing, as well as advanced wind power generation concepts


* Overview: how wind power works
* Components: what is a wind turbine made of?
* Wind power system design: combining strength and flexibility
* Small wind power: traditional systems and alternative designs
* Assessment: mapping and measuring the world's wind
* Wind farms: developing and operating wind power plants
* Wind power integration: striking a new balance
* Transmission and storage: facilitating wind power integration
* Offshore wind: entering the mainstream
* Advanced technologies: R&D, testing, and new twists on old ideas
* The global wind industry: markets, business, and government policy
* Environmental and economic issues: wind power grows up

About Rebecca L. Busby

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Rebecca L. Busby has 30 years of writing/editing experience in the energy industry, starting with the Institute of Gas Technology in 1975. Her background also includes the Gas Technology Institute, where she edited its premier magazine and covered research on fuel cells, alternative-fuel vehicles, power generation, and other natural gas applications. An independent writer/editor since 1989, her publications have featured energy technologies such as micropower, wind turbines, and solar energy. She also edited PennWell's Natural Gas in Nontechnical Language and has written its annual International Petroleum Encyclopedia for the past four years.
Published May 31, 2012 by PennWell Corp.. 568 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Science & Math.