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Advances in Wind Turbine Blade Design and Materials by R Nijssen, P Brøndsted

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Introduction

Global demand for energy has increased concern about greenhouse effects caused by fossil incineration and fuel consumption. This has resulted in global heating and melting of the ice caps and has necessitated the increasing use of the sustainable energy resources provided by biomass, sun, wave and wind. Over the last 35 years, wind energy has become a prominent part of the solution to these problems, and the development, manufacture and operation of wind energy harvesters is no longer carried out on a small-scale, experimental basis but has grown into a fully modern and mature industrial sector.

Wind energy power generation is expected to continue the enormous growth it has enjoyed during recent decades, see Fig. 1.1 It is expected ...

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