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This is an archive of articles and news on both large and small wind turbines, wind energy & the environment, and links to topics on the history of wind energy.

I've been working with wind energy since 1976 and my professional experience in the subject runs the gamut from wind resource assessment to installing and testing small wind turbines. I continue to follow the industry and analyze its growth and increasing contribution to renewable electricity generation worldwide.

New Zealand Sunday Star-Times: Storm over Wind Energy (Vortec 7 DAWT)

July 6, 1997,   by Daniel Riordan

AS WIND turbine generator Vortec Energy gets ready for a 10-city roadshow: to promote its $10m public offering an overseas expert has warned small investors to steer clear, saying the company's...[more]

Category: Vortec, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines Vortec

Vortec home page in June, 1997. Copyright 1997 by Vortec Energy Limited.

June 1, 1997,  

Attempt by Vortec to rebut their critics.[more]

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, Vortec Vortec

NZSM: Getting the Wind Up

June 1, 1997,  

Despite the questions and scepticism, hopes for the new machine remain high, with Vortec predicting that the full-scale machines will produce electricity at about 4 cents/kWhr, or about half that of...

Category: Vortec Vortec

Concentrating Windsystems - Sense or Nonsense?

May 20, 1997,   by Heiner Doerner

Since 1996 we have a "new" old, huge, new-fangled saurian, a device erected in New Zealand. . .

Category: Shrouded & Ducted Wind Turbines, Vortec Vortec

Removal and Restoration Costs in California: Who Will Pay?

April 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

An edited version of this article appeared in the Spring 1997 issue of WindStats Newsletter (Vol. 10, No. 2).   With signs that repowering may finally be getting underway, removal and restoration...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, FloWind

Sierra Club's Southern California Regional Conservation Committee Wind Energy Policy

February 20, 1997,  

  The following text was posted to awea-windnet on 2/20/97. This monitored news group is hosted by the American Wind Energy Association.--Paul Gipe Note: I am posting the following policy statement...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Windmill: Essays from Four Mile Ranch by David Romtvedt--A Review

January 1, 1997,  

Romtvedt struck a chord with me and I found myself reading this fine book through in one sitting. [more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Wind Power Workshop by Hugh Piggott

January 1, 1997,  

Finally, something to supplant Michael Hackleman's aging classic Wind and Windspinners. [more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Glossary of Wind Energy Terms

January 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe and Bill Canter

The publisher of Windpower Monthly and WindStats Newsletter, Forlaget Vistoft, has published 1997 Glossary of Wind Energy Terms. The 100 page paperback by Paul Gipe and Bill Canter is the most...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books, News on Large Wind

Wulf Test Field Site Description

January 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

Since 1997 Paul Gipe and Nancy Nies have used the site to gain experience installing and operating small wind turbines, to measure small turbine performance and noise emissions, and to experiment...[more]

Category: Wulf Small Wind Turbine Test Field Results

Sandia: Final Project Report: Highenergy Rotor Development, Test and Evaluation

September 1, 1996,  

Conclusion of Sandia's design development contract for FloWind's EHD Vertical Axis Wind Turbine. . .

Category: Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines, FloWind

Wind Turbine Market Overview (Windkraftanlagen 1996 Marktübersicht)

June 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

Gesselschaft  für Windenergie to become the Bundesverband Wind Energie (German Wind Turbine Owners Association) since this article was written. In April 1996, the German wind energy association for...[more]

Category: Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch

Windkraftanlagen Enters Third Printing

June 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

The third printing of the 1993 book "Windkraftanlagen" (Wind Turbines) was issued by B.G. Teugner of Stuttgart in the spring of 1996. The book, edited by Robert Gasch, began as course notes for...[more]

Category: Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch

Remarks by Paul Gipe at the Dedication of EDON's Wind Plant at Eemshaven, the Netherlands

May 29, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

With the completion of this wind plant, events have come full circle. The flow of visitors seeking information about wind energy has reversed. The intellectual, technical, and may I say "moral"...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, News on Large Wind

Kenetech Windpower (U.S. Windpower) citations in Wind Energy Comes of Age

May 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

Kenetech Windpower (U.S. Windpower), one of the world's largest wind companies, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 1996.  Below is a list of references to U.S. Windpower (Kenetech Windpower) in...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind

A L'Etape de La Maturité: L'Énergie Éolienne

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

L'énergie éolienne, aujourd'hui viable sur le plan commercial, peut combler une partie importante des besoins énergétiques. . .[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Dispelling Myths en Francais

Wind Energy in America: A History by Robert Righter

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

"The free benefit of the wind ought not be denied to any man." [more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power, FloWind

Der Spiegel Tackles Wind

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

An early example of Der Spiegel's anti-renewables stance.[more]

Category: Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch

Erosion Gullies in the Tehachapi Pass: An Example of Improper Wind Development

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

  Note: This critique was originally written in 1996. Little has changed since then except on the former FloWind site as noted. Gullies such as that in these photos conveys a callous disregard for...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, FloWind

Presentation by Paul Gipe to the Government of Quebec on L'Energie Eolien dans le Monde

January 1, 1996,   by Paul Gipe

Ville de Quebec, Quebec, Canada

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe

Proceedings of The European Wind Energy Association Special Topic Conference on the Economics of Wind Energy

December 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

The special topic conference was held in Helsinki Finland 5-7 September, 1995 by the European Wind Energy Association in collaboration with the Finnish Wind Power Association. For a good perspective...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

AWT 26 Generates Noise Complaint

August 22, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

  These comments were posted to awea-windnet and subsequently noise from the AWT 26 was abated. Eventually the turbines were removed when the manufacturer ceased operation. The installation of a...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, FloWind

California Projects Show Steady Improvements

June 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

An edited version of this article appeared in WindStats Vol 8 No 4, (Autumn 1995). Data from the California Energy Commission's Wind Project Performance report annual summaries for 1985 through 1994...[more]

Category: Wind Statistics, FloWind

Detecting Variable Speed Performance Improvements

June 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

An edited version of this article appeared in Vol 8 No 4, (Autumn 1995) "If there are any performance benefits to variable speed, they are difficult to find" says WindStats' contributing editor Paul...[more]

Category: Wind Statistics

Aperçu sur la Production Mondiale d'Électricité par Aérogénérateurs

May 11, 1995,   by Paul Gipe et Nancy Nies

  Préparé par Paul Gipe et Nancy Nies le 11 mai 1995  Résumé  Un aperçu sur l'exploitation de l'énergie éolienne en Amérique du Nord et en Europe: capacité installée, production, performance et...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Dispelling Myths en Francais

Tilting at Windmills: Public Opinion Toward Wind Energy

May 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

Surveys point to broad support for wind energy despite vocal objections to some projects.[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy

Design as if People Matter: Aesthetic Guidelines for the Wind Industry

March 30, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

The following paper was presented at the American Wind Energy Assoc. conference in Washington, DC March 30, 1995.  ABSTRACT  Opinion surveys show that wind has high public support, but a worrisome...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment

Landowner's Guide to Wind Energy In the Upper Midwest

January 1, 1995,   by Nancy Lange and William Grant

The Guide discusses how landowners can evaluate their wind resources, how they can evaluate the economics of wind power under a variety of development scenarios, and the contractual issues a...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Landowner Easements & Royalty Payments

Jules Verne Looks at Wind

January 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

Jules Verne's long lost novel "Paris in the 20th Century" contains an interesting passage on windmills by the father of science fiction. Set in the 1960s, a mere 100 years into the future when Verne...[more]

Category: Other Articles, News on Wind Energy

Wind Energy Comes of Age

January 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

John Wiley & Sons, Inc New York (1995) Never again will wind energy be seen as the domain of a disheveled miller with corn flour in his hair, furling the cloth sails on his wooden windmill. This...[more]

Category: Books-Wind Energy, Books by Paul Gipe

Wind Turbine Tower Trends

January 1, 1995,   by Paul Gipe

An edited version of this article appeared in WindStatsVol 8 No 1, (1st Quarter 1995) Portions of this article were adapted from Wind Energy Comes of Age Copyright 1995 by John Wiley & Sons. All...[more]

Category: Wind Statistics

Public Safety and Setbacks

December 1, 1994,   by Paul Gipe

    Excerpted from Wind Energy Comes of Age by Paul Gipe, John Wiley & Sons, Inc New York (1995), pages 361-364, ISBN 0-471-10924-X. This except is provided as public service and can be viewed...[more]

Category: Wind Noise, Health, & Safety, Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment

The Land of the Living: The Danish Folk High Schools and Denmark's Non-Violent Path to Modernization by Steven Borish

January 1, 1994,   by Paul Gipe

The book, Land of the Living, is based on Borish's study of the Danish folkehøjskol system in the early 1980s. His book is an articulate examination of Danish culture. His theme is that Denmark could...[more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy

California or Bust: the Wind Energy Rush of 99?

December 20, 1993,   by Paul Gipe

The following is an editorial (leader) which appeared in Windpower Monthly. Since this editorial appeared the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission disallowed California's bids and all the bids were...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy

Repowering California Wind Power Plants

May 27, 1993,   by Paul Gipe and Paul White

Comments by the American Wind Energy Association on Repowering California's Wind Industry for the California Energy Commission's 1994 Biennial Report[more]

Category: News on Large Wind Turbines, News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy

Wind Power for Home and Business

January 1, 1993,  

A Real Goods Solar Living Book This book is superseded by Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business published in 2004. The new version is not only more up-to-date than the 1993...[more]

Category: Books by Paul Gipe

Let's Put Wind Energy on the California Map

August 14, 1991,   by Paul Gipe

  The following is an editorial (leader) which appeared in Windpower Monthly. By mid 1996 no wind energy visitor center had been built in California. There are, however, two travellers radio...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy

Inventus 5 kW Power Curve

January 1, 1991,  

The Inventus 5 kW power curve was measured by Windtest Kaiser-Wilhelm-Koog in Germany using 10-minute averages. Though the turbine is rated at 5 kW it produces 4.5 kW at 12 m/s using the 10-minute...[more]

Category: Small Turbine Testing

Wind Chargers: Building Tools from the Nation's Past by Paul Gipe and Carl Judy, 1983

February 1, 1983,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, it's a very old article that just resurfaced at Mother Earth News.

Category: News on Small Wind

Popular Science: Mehrkam's Windmills--he's overpowering NASA

April 1, 1979,   by Paul Gipe

Off-the-shelf parts and simple assembly produce 250 kW at low cost.

Category: News on Large Wind

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