Introduction to wind energy systems(*)
Ruhr-University Bochum, Energy Systems and Energy Economics, P.O. Box 102148, 44721 Bochum, Germany
(*) This paper is an updated version of the lecture notes that were originally published in EPJ Web of Conferences, 189 (2018) DOI: 10.1051/epjconf/201818900005 as a contribution to the Proceedings of the 4th Course of the Joint EPS-SIF International School on Energy held in 2017.
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Published online: 16 December 2020
This article presents the basic concepts of wind energy and deals with the physics and mechanics of operation. It describes the conversion of wind energy into rotation of turbine, and the critical parameters governing the efficiency of this conversion. After that it presents an overview of various parts and components of windmills. The connection to the electrical grid, the world status of wind energy use for electricity production, the cost situation and research and development needs are further aspects which will be considered.
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