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Small Wind Powered Electric Generation Systems

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This course was designed to introduce the basic design concepts for small (residential) wind powered electric generation systems. Wind energy systems are one of the most cost-effective home-based renewable energy systems. Depending on your wind resource, a small wind energy system can lower your electricity bill by 50% to 90%, help you avoid the high costs of extending utility power lines to remote locations, prevent power interruptions, and it is nonpolluting. Small wind electric systems can make a significant contribution to our nationís energy needs.

In 2003, the U.S. wind generating capacity increased by more than 30%. Wind power plants of various size now operate in 32 states with a total generating capacity of 6374 MW of power, enough to meet the energy needs of more than 3 million homes.

The goal of the wind energy industry is to contribute 100 GW of wind electricity to our Nationís energy supplies by 2020. By meeting that goal, wind energy will help secure our Nationís energy future and clean up our environment by displacing about 3 quadrillion BTUs of primary energy per year and 65 million metric tons of carbon equivalent per year.

This course is based entirely on the ďSmall Wind Electric SystemsĒ, March 2005 Publication DOE/GO-102005-2095 - Produced for the U.S. Department of Energy by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a DOE national laboratory. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

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