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Small-Scale Wind Power by Brian Plourde, John P. Abraham

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Chapter 1

Introduction to Small-Scale Wind Power

B.D. Plourde, E.D. Taylor, W.J. Minkowycz, and J.P. Abraham

In this opening chapter, the authors introduce the topic of small-scale wind power by discussing its power production characteristics and its applications. The authors outline the advantages of wind power over other energy sources and the specific situations that are uniquely suited for small-scale wind solutions. Furthermore, a discussion of the available wind speed information is presented and a cursory discussion of financial issues is given. Chapter one provides readers with outlines of subsequent chapters and also serves as a guide for the book in its entirety.

1.1 Introduction

Wind power’s rapid penetration into markets throughout ...

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