ABSTRACT

Wind power is often held up as the most accessible and cost-effective route to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and improving our energy independence, yet knowledge of what it offers is often clouded by myths and misunderstandings, which can hamper its adoption.

This new book, the result of an ambitious project coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association, aims to present the facts about wind energy. It includes six sections discussing:

  • technology
  • grid integration
  • economics of wind
  • its industry and markets
  • its environmental impacts
  • the scenarios and targets for wind energy.

Contributions are drawn from nine leading research bodies across Europe, and the material is global in its scope. It is therefore an essential resource and reference for those whose work or study demands an in-depth examination of the subject, and for anyone who wants detailed, accurate and up-to-date information on this key energy source.

part |2 pages

PART I: TECHNOLOGY

chapter I|1 pages

1 INTRODUCTION

chapter I|31 pages

2 WIND RESOURCE ESTIMATION

chapter I|31 pages

3 WIND TURBINE TECHNOLOGY

chapter I|13 pages

4: Wind Farm Design

chapter I|18 pages

5: Offshore

chapter I|14 pages

6: Small Wind Turbines

chapter I|14 pages

7 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

part |2 pages

PART II: GRID INTEGRATION

part |2 pages

PART III: THE ECONOMICS OF WIND POWER

chapter |1 pages

PART III INTRODUCTION

chapter III|12 pages

1 COST OF ON-LAND WIND POWER

chapter III|9 pages

2 OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENTS

chapter III|5 pages

3 PROJECT FINANCING

chapter III|13 pages

4 PRICES AND SUPPORT MECHANISMS

chapter III|9 pages

5: Wind Power on the Spot Market

chapter III|8 pages

7 EMPLOYMENT

part |2 pages

PART IV: INDUSTRY AND MARKETS

chapter |1 pages

PART IV INTRODUCTION

chapter IV|6 pages

1 WIND IN THE EUROPEAN POWER MARKET

chapter IV|11 pages

2 EUROPEAN MARKET OVERVIEW

chapter IV|10 pages

3 INDUSTRY ACTORS AND INVESTMENT TRENDS

chapter IV|9 pages

4 GLOBAL WIND ENERGY MARKETS

part |2 pages

PART V: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

part |2 pages

PART VI: SCENARIOS AND TARGETS