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Fundamental and Advanced Topics in Wind Power

Edited by Rupp Carriveau, ISBN 978-953-307-508-2, 422 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published July 05, 2011 under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/731

As the fastest growing source of energy in the world, wind has a very important role to play in the global energy mix. This text covers a spectrum of leading edge topics critical to the rapidly evolving wind power industry. The reader is introduced to the fundamentals of wind energy aerodynamics; then essential structural, mechanical, and electrical subjects are discussed. The book is composed of three sections that include the Aerodynamics and Environmental Loading of Wind Turbines, Structural and Electromechanical Elements of Wind Power Conversion, and Wind Turbine Control and System Integration. In addition to the fundamental rudiments illustrated, the reader will be exposed to specialized applied and advanced topics including magnetic suspension bearing systems, structural health monitoring, and the optimized integration of wind power into micro and smart grids.

Dr. Rupp Carriveau

University of Windsor | Canada, Canada

Dr. Rupp Carriveau has an undergraduate degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Windsor. After several years working with expert systems in industry, he completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Hydraulics and a Doctoral Degree in Fluid Dynamics from the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario. Now an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, Dr. Carriveau heads the Entelligence Research Group focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and storage. Having spent several years collaborating with large wind park developers, Dr. Carriveau has published a number of peer reviewed articles relating to surface engineering, structural health monitoring, and group dynamics of wind parks. An active member of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Dr. Carriveau is a contributor on the AWEA Workforce Development, Training and Education Committee.

Edited Books

  • Fundamental and Advanced Topics in Wind Power

    As the fastest growing source of energy in the world, wind has a very important role to play in the global energy mix. This text covers a spectrum of leading edge topics critical to the rapidly evolving wind power industry. The reader is introduced to the fundamentals of wind energy aerodynamics; then essential structural, mechanical, and electrical subjects are discussed. The book is composed of three sections that include the Aerodynamics and Environmental Loading of Wind Turbines, Structural and Electromechanical Elements of Wind Power Conversion, and Wind Turbine Control and System Integration. In addition to the fundamental rudiments illustrated, the reader will be exposed to specialized applied and advanced topics including magnetic suspension bearing systems, structural health monitoring, and the optimized integration of wind power into micro and smart grids.

  • Advances in Wind Power

    Today's wind energy industry is at a crossroads. Global economic instability has threatened or eliminated many financial incentives that have been important to the development of specific markets. Now more than ever, this essential element of the world energy mosaic will require innovative research and strategic collaborations to bolster the industry as it moves forward. This text details topics fundamental to the efficient operation of modern commercial farms and highlights advanced research that will enable next-generation wind energy technologies. The book is organized into three sections, Inflow and Wake Influences on Turbine Performance, Turbine Structural Response, and Power Conversion, Control and Integration. In addition to fundamental concepts, the reader will be exposed to comprehensive treatments of topics like wake dynamics, analysis of complex turbine blades, and power electronics in small-scale wind turbine systems.

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