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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is wind energy.


Six Superlative Sources

· Freris, L.L, ed. Wind Energy Conversion Systems. Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom: Prentice Hall, 1990. 388 pp. ISBN 0-13-960527-4. Engineering text by the leaders in British wind energy. A good academic reference book on contemporary wind technology.

· Gipe, Paul. Wind Energy Comes of Age. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1995. 613 pp. ISBN 0-471-10924-X. A chronicle of wind energy's progress from its rebirth during the oil crises of the 1970s through a troubling adolescence in California's mountain passes in the 1980s to its maturation on the plains of northern Europe in the 1990s. Selected as one of the outstanding academic books published in 1995.

· Golding, E.W. The Generation of Electricity by Wind Power. London: E. and F.N. Spon, 1955. 332 pp. Reprinted by John Wiley and Sons in 1976. Still a classic of English language books on wind technology. Recounts British research on wind energy during the early 1950s.

· Righter, Robert. Wind Energy in America: A History. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996. 366 pp. ISBN 0-8061-2812-7. A thought provoking account of the people and ideas behind the use of wind energy in the United States. The book emphasizes the conflict between centralization and distributed use of wind-generated electricity.

· Spera, David, ed. Wind Turbine Technology: Fundamental Concepts of Wind Turbine Engineering. American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1994. 650 pp. ISBN 0-7918-1205-7. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, overseen by NASA, Wind Turbine Technology was seven years in production. The book is noteworthy for a chapter on NASA/DOE's big turbines by the program's principal proponent, Lou Divone.

· van Est, Rinie. Winds of Change: A Comparative Study of the Politics of Wind Energy Innovation in California and Denmark. Utrecht, International Books, 1999. 368 pp. ISBN 90-5727-027-7. This monumental work is destined to become a classic in its field. It paints a detailed, carefully researched picture of why the development of wind energy technology failed in the USA during the 1970s and 1980s, but succeeded in Denmark.

Other Excellent Sources

· Gipe, Paul. Wind Energy Basics. Chelsea Green Publishing, 1999. 122 pp. ISBN 1-890132-07-1.

· Hau, Erich. Windkraftanlagen: Grundlagen, Technik, Einsats, Wirschaftlichkeit. Second edition. Springer Verlag, 1996. 460 pp. ISBN 3-540-57430-1. A thorough perspecitve on Germany's development of multimegawatt wind turbines during the early and mid 1980s. The second edition includes expanded coverage of medium size wind turbines that were beginning to appear in large numbers on the German market in the mid 1990s.

· Heymann, Matthias. Die Geschichte der Windenergienutzung 1890-1990. Frankfurt am Main, Campus Verlag, 1995. 518 pp. ISBN 3-539-35278-8. It's worth learning German to read this controversial book on the history of wind energy in Germany from the late 19th century to the early 1990s. It contains the most extensive discourse to date on the Third Reich's interest in wind energy and an unflattering matter-of-fact description of attempts by some of the grand names in German wind energy to curry favor with the Nazis. This book is a powerful reminder that technology is not divorced from politics.

· Guide de L'Énergie Éolienne: Les Aérogénérateurs au Service du Développment Durable. Collection Etudes et Filières, 1998. 161 pp. ISBN 2-89481-004-0. A very good introduction to modern wind energy and how it can be used in France and French overseas territories, including technology, economics, and wind energy's environmental impacts as well as its benefits.

· Baker, T. Lindsay. A Field Guide to American Windmills. University of Oklahoma Press, 1985. 528 pp. ISBN 0-80611-901-2. The definitive history of the American farm windmill.

· Gasch, Robert. Windkraftanlagen. 3rd Auflage. B.G. Tuebner, 1996. 390 pp. ISBN 3-519-26334-3. Windkraftanlagen is one of the most complete, and certainly the most up-to-date, engineering texts on wind energy available in any language. The book reflects the target audience of engineering students and Gasch's background in structural dynamics, but also includes chapters on wind pumps and on asynchronous generators.

· Molly, Jens-Peter. Windenergie: Theorie, Anwendung, Messung. Verlag C.F. Muller, 1990. 316 pp. ISBN 3-78807269-5. German wind technology development through the late 1980s of medium size wind turbines. One of the most thorough and well illustrated books on modern wind technology in any language. Includes useful German-English and English-German translation of common technical terms.

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