Chapter 19

Small-Scale Wind Turbines

Patrick A.B. James, AbuBakr S. Bahaj,    University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom    Email: a.s.bahaj@soton.ac.uk

Abstract

This chapter deals with micro and small wind turbines and focuses on small wind turbines in the United Kingdom over the past decade (2005–15), which represents a period of “boom and bust” for building mounted micro-wind turbines in particular. The sector was trying to break out from yacht battery charging to the emerging grid connected micro-generation sector during this period. Micro-wind turbines are typically defined as having a rated power up to 1.5 kWp (where p refers to peak power) and their most widely used application is in yachts for battery charging. Small wind turbines ...

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