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Small Wind Conference Chooses Gipe for Keynote Speaker

March 10, 2017,  

The Small Wind Conference has chosen Paul Gipe as its keynote speaker for its 2017 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Calling Gipe “legendary” for his four decades writing about wind energy, the...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Small Wind folder

Windtech International: Review of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

February 28, 2017,   by Floris Siteur

The book is a combination between a historical book, a textbook and a do-it-yourself book if you want to install your own wind turbine or want to invest in wind energy. It describes the different...

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Kudos for Gipe’s Wind Energy from the Poul la Cour Foundation

February 2, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The current newsletter of the Poul la Cour Foundation offers kudos for the new book by Paul Gipe, Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. [more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

The Book for Wind Geeks: Wind Energy for the Rest of Us Digital Edition

January 26, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The digital version of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us is now available for download. This is the version of the book for true wind geeks as it offers photographic detail not seen any other way.[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Bare Breasts and Windmills—Oh, My!

January 2, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Fans of my work with wind energy have often joked that my books would have a larger audience if they had some sex in them--or at least a bare breast.[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

Germany's Energy Transition A Comparative Perspective

December 31, 2016,  

This book analyzes Germany's path-breaking Energiewende, the country's transition from an energy system based on fossil and nuclear fuels to a sustainable energy system based on renewables. The...

Category: Renewable Energy, book Reviews

Martin Frey's English Language Version of Baedeker Guide to Renewable Energy in Germany

December 29, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Martin Frey's wonderful little guidebook to the Energiewende in Germany is now available in English. Germany - Renewable Energy Experience Baedeker Guides. Frey's book is highly recommended for...[more]

Category: book Reviews

Gipe’s New Wind Book Making the Rounds

December 6, 2016,  

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, Paul Gipe’s new book on wind energy is finally hitting the streets. Complimentary copies of the 560-page tome are reaching the first group of colleagues and reviewers...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Energy Democracy: Germany's Energiewende to Renewables

December 6, 2016,   by Craig Morris and Arne Jungjohann

Energy Democracy traces the origins of the Energiewende movement in Germany from protests against the industrialization of rural communities in the 1970s to the Power Rebels of Schönau and German...

Category: book Reviews

We Have Books--Wind Energy for the Rest of Us Now Available

November 23, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

More correctly, the Chelsea Green warehouse has books. They arrived 9 November all 2,150 copies. [more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

We Have a Ship Date--Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

November 2, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, we did have a previous ship date. Printed copies of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us were to arrive in the warehouse at the end of October. Obviously, that didn’t happen--and for good reason. I...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, Books by Paul Gipe

Wind Opus A Step Closer to Completion: Contract for Printing

September 27, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Who knew that printing a book would be so complicated? Yes, writing, designing, and editing a book are difficult. That’s expected. But picking out paper weights?[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Library of Congress Number Assigned to Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

July 28, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The Library of Congress has assigned the Control Number 2016912305 for the title. The process isn’t complete until a printed copy of the book is received by the Library of Congress. We don’t expect...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Proofread Book Returned to Designer for Final Changes

June 20, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The proofreader dropped the marked up manuscript in my lap the Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend—all 550 pages of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. [more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us First Page Proofs

May 9, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The good news is that with a smaller font size and tighter leading (the space between lines) than in my previous books, Holm has been able to substantially reduce the number of printed pages from...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder

Windpower by Christopher Gillis--A Review

May 3, 2016,  

It’s no small sign of wind energy’s success that you can’t keep up with the steady stream of books in English--even when you’re into books on wind energy. It’s even more problematic is you spread...[more]

Category: book Reviews

Assigned ISBNs to Wind Energy for the Rest of Us

March 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Big step in the long road to publishing my new book: Wind Energy for the Rest of Us. Today I assigned the ISBN numbers to the digital and print version. Each version of the book has its own distinct...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder

Still Turning: A History of Aermotor Windmills--A Review

February 26, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Finally an answer to a question that has gnawed at me for decades: Where did one of the great windmill manufacturers of all time get the name Aermotor? Why not Aeromotor? That was the way I’ve...[more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us: A Comprehensive Guide to Wind Power and How to Use It

January 21, 2016,  

Wind Energy for the Rest of Us by Paul Gipe straddles two—or more—worlds. The book is about wind energy. It’s not just about small wind turbines. It’s not just about large wind turbines. It’s about...[more]

Category: Book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us, book Reviews, News on Large Wind, Small Wind folder

Catching the Wind of the World (the Aerodyn Story)—a Review

January 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Den Wind der Welt einfangen is part of series of retrospectives being issued by pioneers in the field of wind energy as they near retirement. Written by freelance journalist Dierk Jensen, Catching...[more]

Category: Reviews Coffee Table Books, News on Large Wind, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, History of Wind Power

Wind Energy: Renewable Energy and the Environment—a Review

January 9, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The expansive title of Vaughn Nelson’s Wind Energy is appropriate as Nelson delves into such taboo topics as population, exponential growth, and exhaustion of fossil fuels.[more]

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

Wind Power for the World: The Rise of Modern Wind Energy—a Review

January 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Power for the World tells an exciting tell of hope and promise—how a small band of activists, dreamers, and entrepreneurs built one of the world’s fastest growing and dynamic industries. It’s a...[more]

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

Small Wind: Planning and Building Successful Installations—a Review

January 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Nolan Clark, an early wind pioneer, summarizes a lifetime of developing and testing wind turbines for agricultural use in Small Wind: Planning and Building Successful Installations.[more]

Category: book Reviews

Wind into the Grid--A Review

January 7, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Wind into the Grid by Günther Hacker is an E-book in English about his experience trying to use a small wind turbine for his home in Germany.[more]

Category: book Reviews, Small Wind folder

WIND BEWEGT: Kleine Windräder bauen Vom Miniwindrad bis zum Stromerzeuger

January 6, 2015,   by Günther Hacker und Gabriele Jerke

An E-book by Günther Hacker in German is ideal for home wind experiments. Science teachers with a modicum of German will find it a font of simple wind devices that can be made from craft materials.[more]

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

Windpower Ownership in Sweden--a Review

May 16, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Windpower Ownership in Sweden: Business models and motives, the new book by Tore Wizelius helps English-speakers understand how Swedes have taken a sizable ownership of wind energy in spite of their...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Large Wind, News on Community Power, Community Power and Wind Energy & the Environment en Francais

Renewables International: Socrates didn't invent solar architecture--Review of John Perlin's Let it Shine

December 3, 2013,   by Craig Morris

The knowledge from Faust’s book was translated into an active solar building program in the 1820s through the 1850s in Lower Bavaria, Hessen and Prussia. . . Faust’s ideas were implemented in...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy, book Reviews, Book Reviews on Solar Energy

My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor--Because We Cannot Let the Energy Transition Fail!—A Review

November 24, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’d already marked up my version of Matthias Willenbacher’s book My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor in the faint hope of some day posting a review from the German—it’s difficult and time consuming...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

Wind Energy and Friends of the Earth in Kassel, Germany--Some Observations

October 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Over the years I’ve noted more than once the observation that most major environmental groups in Germany give a full-throated endorsement of renewable energy, the energiewende, and wind energy in...[more]

Category: News on Wind Energy, Renewable Energy, News on Community Power, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch

Le bruit de l'éolien, rumeurs, cancans, mensonges et petites histoires—A Review

August 31, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Turbine Noise: Rumors, Gossip, Lies, and Stories-- is a lovely little book--56 pages—I’ve had on the shelf for some time with the intent of reviewing it for its insights on the nature of...[more]

Category: Debunking Myths about Wind Energy, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, Book Reviews of Books en Francais, book Reviews, Dispelling Myths en Francais

The Evolution of Feed in Tariffs in Germany, Spain, and France—a Review

March 6, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Even though most analysts focused only on the economic aspects of feed-in tariffs and quota models and not on non-economic factors, such as transparency and local ownership, the results were...[more]

Category: Europe FIT, Books on Feed-in Tariffs, Renewable Tariff Design & Model Policies, book Reviews

The Feed-in Tariff Handbook--a Review

March 5, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

Powering the Green Economy: The Feed-in Tariff Handbook is a book that has been out for some time and though I’ve thoroughly marked up my copy I’ve never got around to posting a proper review. So...[more]

Category: Books on Feed-in Tariffs, Renewable Tariff Design & Model Policies, News on Feed in Tariffs, book Reviews

Community Wind Power: Local Energy for Local People by BWE--A Review

December 16, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

In a densely populated country like Germany, wind turbines as a consequence are installed near people, as are all other forms of infrastructure. That's one of the most striking observations North...[more]

Category: News on Community Power, book Reviews

Global Cooling Strategies for climate protection--A review

November 17, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

We were returning to San Francisco from the World Wind Energy Association conference in Bonn this past July. As we boarded the plane we met Hans-Josef Fell. Fell was the reason we had to get back to...[more]

Category: book Reviews

Wind Power: a Danish Story-A review

November 16, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

This is a beautifully done DVD on the early days of the Danish wind industry. The film was produced by Jørgen Vestergaard in Danish with English subtitles and includes movie clips, photos, and...[more]

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

Wind Power Plants and Project Development--A review

November 15, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

This is a welcome technical tome-well illustrated with photos and drawings that I haven't seen in any other book. Naturally directed at the Indian market, it nonetheless has taken a comprehensive...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

Build Your Own Small Wind Power System--A review

November 14, 2012,  

Build Your Own Small Wind Power System was written by a small wind systems dealer, Kevin Shea, and a professional journalist, Brian Howard. Be forewarned, this is a big book. It's a modern book. It...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Small Wind folder

Energie Eolienne Principes et Etudes de cas--A review

November 14, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Mea culpa, mea culpa, I am terribly remiss is reviewing this excellent book. I simply can't do it justice. My French is even more limited than my time. Nevertheless, I've picked up Energie Eolienne...[more]

Category: Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, Book Reviews of Books en Francais

Wind Power Plants: Fundamentals, Design, Construction and Operation by Robert Gasch and Jochen Twele, Editors--Second Edition

November 14, 2012,  

The book, edited by Robert Gasch and Jochen Twele, began as course notes for Gasch's popular course on wind turbine design for engineering students at the Technische Universität in Berlin. Many of...[more]

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

Greg Pahl's Power from the People--A review

November 13, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Greg Pahl's Power from the People is an inspirational guide to the burgeoning community power movement. His case studies of people who are making a difference is often a tale of endurance and...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Martin Frey's Wind of Change-A review

November 13, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

I've studied engineering and natural resources but my first love is geography. Consequently I've become a big fan of German technical writer and geographer Martin Frey. He's written some great little...[more]

Category: Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, book Reviews

Martin Frey's Baedeker Guide to Renewable Energy in Germany (Erneuerbare Energien Entdecken)-A review

November 13, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

Renewable energy has indeed come of age: It now has its on Baedeker Reiseführer or travel guide. . . [more]

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

WWEA 2012 Small Wind World Report--A Review

July 25, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

I was just going to pick up the World Wind Energy Association's 2012 Small Wind World Report and extract a few useful numbers to keep myself abreast of the small turbine industry. But once I began...[more]

Category: Small Wind folder, book Reviews

2012 Catalogue of Small Wind Turbines--A Review

May 28, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

The Folkecenter for Renewable Energy (FC) has again published a handy report cataloging small wind turbines available worldwide. The FC's 2012 Catalogue of Small Wind Turbines is the one neutral...[more]

Category: Small Wind folder, book Reviews

Switching to Solar by Bob Johnstone

September 2, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

What We Can Learn from Germany's Success in Harnessing Clean Energy[more]

Category: Book Reviews on Solar Energy, book Reviews

Hybrid Electric Home by Craig Toepfer--A review

August 16, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Toepfer is one of the pioneers of small wind in the US. He, like myself, began their careers by scouring the Great Plains for junk windmills.[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Wind Power: 20 Projects to Make with Paper-a Review

August 16, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Power: 20 Projects to Make with Paper by Clive Dobson is a great little book with a wonderful collection of photos and diagrams. I learn something every time I pick up a book, even a children's...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Geothermal Power Plants by Ronald DiPippo

August 16, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Geothermal Power Plants is the book I'd been looking for--an engineering treatise on geothermal. I'd written about geothermal in the mid 1980s, but I hadn't kept up with the industry and needed a...[more]

Category: News on Geothermal, Book Reviews on Geothermal Energy

Windgesichter (The Face of Wind Energy) a Review by Paul Gipe

April 26, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Windgesichter: Aufbruch der Windenergie in Deutschland (The face of wind: Dawn of wind energy in Germany) by Jan Oelker is a joy to behold. It's one of those rare cases where you can indeed tell a...[more]

Category: Reviews Coffee Table Books, Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, History of Wind Power

L'Energie du Vent A Review

April 22, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

L'énergie du vent : Les éoliennes au service des hommes et de leur planète Is a beautiful coffee-table book with page after page of photos sandwiched between essays on how wind turbines work and how...[more]

Category: Reviews Coffee Table Books, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books en Francais

Power From the Wind A Review by Paul Gipe

April 20, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Subtitled "A practical guide to small-scale energy production," the book follows ground well trod before and seeks to capitalize on the odd American desire to run their kilowatt-hour meter backwards.[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

L'Eolien A Review

April 20, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

L'éolien au cœur de l'incontournable révolution énergétique is a serious work on wind energy for francophone readers. It is my kind of book, chocked full of drawings, charts, tables, and historical...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, Book Reviews of Books en Francais

Wind Power for Dummies A Review by Paul Gipe

April 16, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Power for Dummies by Ian Woofenden is the mass-market, mainstream book on small wind turbines that the industry has long sought as a measure of respectability. [more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Wind Power--The Danish Way

April 16, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Power The Danish Way: From Poul la Cour to Modern Wind Turbines is a book written by a who's who of Danish wind power. It's a celebratory book and Danes have a lot to celebrate--a lot to be...[more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power

The Nature of Wind Power A Review by Paul Gipe

April 16, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

 The Nature of Wind Power is another celebratory book on Danish wind power leading up to the climate change conference in Copenhagen in 2009. The Nature of Wind Power is by a leading Danish landscape...[more]

Category: Reviews Coffee Table Books

Urban Wind Energy--A Review

April 15, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

I feared the worst when I saw the title. As an outspoken critic of so-called "Urban" wind and especially the British variety, I thought the book would be destined for the dust bin after the first...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, book Reviews

ILSR's Energy Self-Reliant States by John Farrell--a Review

February 6, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

  Energy Self-Reliant States: Second and Expanded Edition by John Farrell and David Morris came out in October, 2009 and it packs a punch. I chewed on it a little at the time but wanted to delve...[more]

Category: USA FIT, book Reviews

Danish Renewable Energy Policy A Review

October 20, 2009,   by Preben Maegaard

Danish Renewable Energy Policy by Preben Maegaard recounts the historic development of Danish policy from the perspective of one its participants. Maegaard, director of the Nordic Folkecenter for...[more]

Category: Wind in Denmark, book Reviews

WWEA's Wind Energy International 2009/2010-A Review

August 7, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

This is a book that was done right. It was written by the right people for the right reasons and printed on quality paper in full color.[more]

Category: book Reviews

WWEA's Wind Energy International 2009/2010-A Review

August 7, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

The World Wind Energy Association's "Wind Energy International 2009/2010" landed on my desk with a reassuring thump. I picked it up simply to move it somewhere else until I could get time to thumb...[more]

Category: book Reviews

Homebrew Wind Power--A Review

October 2, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Finally, a detailed-some would argue exhaustive-treatment of how to build your own backyard wind turbine. The authors, do-it-yourselfers who actually know what they're doing, are the powers behind...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Feed-in Tariffs by Miguel Mendonça--a Review

May 1, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Miguel Mendonça's Feed-in Tariffs takes his place alongside Craig Morris' Energy Switch in explaining the success of Feed-In Tariffs to English speakers. Feed-in Tariffs joins a growing list of...[more]

Category: Books on Feed-in Tariffs, book Reviews

Le Grand Livre de l'Éolien par Paul Gipe

January 31, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Le Grand Livre de l'Éolien est le livre de référence pour tous les acteurs du secteur et pour tous ceux qui souhaitent y prendre part à l'avenir. Il donne au lecteur une vue exhaustive sur une des...[more]

Category: Book Reviews of Books en Francais, News on Small Wind, News on Large Wind

The Citizen Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Crisis

December 18, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Greg Pahl's idea of shifting the debate from Not In My Back Yard to Please, In My Back Yard with community ownership is an idea whose time has come. That's the central theme of his The Citizen...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Community Power

Choosing Windpower by Hugh Piggott

December 1, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Hugh Piggott is one of the English-speaking world's true experts on small wind turbines, especially for off-the-grid applications. [more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Vingesus--Whisper of Wings

December 1, 2006,   by Paul Gipe and Nancy Nies

Ok, we liked this book because it has lots of pictures: pictures of wind turbines, pictures of people, pictures of a Danish table cloth, all sorts of pictures. We admit it. We also liked it because...[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Community Power

Éoliennes: Quand le vent nous eclaire (Wind Turbines: When the wind lights our way) by Philippe Ollivier

December 1, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Ollivier is journalist living in southern France's Languedoc-Roussillion region, the country's premier wind resource area. As a journalist, Ollivier is all-too-familiar with the controversy...[more]

Category: Dispelling Myths en Francais, Wind Energy & the Environment, Reviews of Wind Books en Francais, book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books en Francais

Switching to Renewable Power by Volkmar Lauber--A Review

November 30, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Volkmar Lauber is one of the world's pre-eminent academics specializing in renewable energy policy. Lauber, a professor political science at the University of Salzburg, writes fluenty in English,...[more]

Category: Books on Feed-in Tariffs, book Reviews

Renewable Energy Resources by John Twidell & Tony Weir

November 30, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Massive. That's the first word that comes to mind when picking up the 600-page tome by John Twidell and Tony Weir. Of course the broad subject of renewable energy deserves the treatment and I can't...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

Wind Energy: Technology and Planning CD-ROM

November 29, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) issued a bilingual CD-ROM on wind energy at its New Delhi conference in 2006. [more]

Category: book Reviews

Krieg um Öl oder Frieden durch die Sonne (War over Oil or Peace through the Sun)

November 29, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, Franz Alt's powerful little book is in German. And yes there's perhaps only 100 million native German speakers in the world. But that's no excuse for ignoring this book. With rudimentary German...[more]

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

Energy Switch: Proven Solutions for a Renewable Future by Craig Morris--A Review

July 28, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

How North America Can Learn From Renewable Energy Success Stories in Europe[more]

Category: book Reviews, Books on Feed-in Tariffs, Renewable Energy

Developing Wind Power Projects: Theory and Practice by Tore Wizelius

August 8, 2005,   by Paul Gipe

Long-time wind energy advocate Tore Wizelius is one of the Swedish pioneers of the technology. Finally his thoughtful book on wind energy and its integration into communities is now available to...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

Wind Power in Power Systems

June 16, 2005,   by Paul Gipe

Wind Power in Power Systems is edited by the very capable Thomas Ackermann. It is a massive 691 pages on the status of modern wind turbines and how they are integrated into power systems. The book...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

Wind Turbine Design: With Emphasis on Darrieus Concept by Ion Paraschivoiu

January 22, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

Ion Paraschivoiu is Aeronautical Chair Professor at École Polytechnique de Montréal and he brings to the cornucopia of new books on wind energy his specialty: Darrieus turbines. Like David Spera in...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application

January 20, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

It's been many years since the publication of new engineering texts on wind energy. But in 2001 a flood of new books in English began flowing from publishers: two substantial volumes by John Wiley &...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

Wind Energy Handbook

January 20, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

The Wind Energy Handbook is one of a trio of big wind energy books by John Wiley & Sons'UK office. After a dearth of new wind energy titles in English for nearly a decade, suddenly there are two...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

Winds of Change: A comparative study of the politics of wind energy innovation in California and Denmark

January 19, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

Winds of Change by Rinie van Est is a masterly work of meticulous research that could well become a classic in its field. It should be required reading for all energy planners, and energy industry...[more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power

Wind Power Plants: Fundamentals, Design, Construction and Operation by R. Gasch, J. Twele

January 19, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

The book, edited by Robert Gasch, began as course notes for Gasch's popular course on wind turbine design for engineering students at the Technische Universität in Berlin. Many of the book's 15...[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

Cost-effective Design & Operation of Variable Speed Wind Turbines: Closing the Gap between Control Engineering & the Wind Engineering Community by David-Pieter Molenaar

January 19, 2004,   by Paul Gipe

"Free, and Still too Expensive" opens Molenaar's doctoral thesis on designing variable speed wind turbines. Molenaar's work is not for the faint of heart. Much of it is well beyond my skill level....[more]

Category: Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

AEI's Wind Course CD-ROM

January 31, 2003,   by Paul Gipe

"Wind Energy and Wind Turbines," by Vaughn Nelson and the AEI staff.[more]

Category: book Reviews

Kleinwindkraftanlagen und ihre Anwendungen

January 1, 2003,   by Paul Gipe

Category: Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, News on Small Wind

Wind-Wasserpumpen – ein Überblick

January 1, 2003,  

Category: Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, News on Small Wind

Real Goods' Solar Living Sourcebook 11th Edition

September 24, 2001,   by Paul Gipe

When the 11th edition of Real Goods' Solar Living Sourcebook landed with a thud on my doorstep, I knew I was in for a treat. L[more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Die Geschichte der Windenergienutzung 1890-1990 (The History of Wind Energy Utilization 1890-1990) by Matthias Heymann

May 22, 2001,   by Paul Gipe

American readers will find two sections particularly intriguing: development of wind energy in Germany during the Third Reich, and a critical comparison of the German, U.S., and Danish wind energy...[more]

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

Reaping the Wind: How Mechanical Wizards, Visionaries, and Profiteers Helped Shape Our Energy Future by Peter Asmus

January 1, 2001,   by Paul Gipe

Timing is everything. And Peter Asmus couldn't have better timed the release of his book about the rise and fall of California's wind industry. Just as California entered its first rolling blackouts...[more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power

Spanish Survey of Small Turbine Technology A review by Paul Gipe

October 30, 2000,   by Paul Gipe

Researchers at Spain's national energy center, CIEMAT, reported on a survey of small wind turbine technology at the European Wind Energy Association special topic conference in Kassel, Germany.[more]

Category: News on Small Wind, book Reviews

Brakedrum Windmill Plans Year 2000 Edition

January 1, 2000,   by Paul Gipe

Hugh Piggott's plans for turning a used brakedrum into a windmill is welcome addition to the literature on small wind turbines. [more]

Category: book Reviews, News on Small Wind

Believing Cassandra: An Optimist Looks at a Pessimist's World

January 1, 1999,   by Paul Gipe

Having been disparaged as a "Cassandra," I was reluctant to read a book on the topic, especially one with a subtile about optimism. "Oh no," I thought, "another enviro bashing book catering to...[more]

Category: Other Articles, Renewable Energy, book Reviews

Windy Protest: Conflict Surrounding the Future Potential of Wind Power (Windiger Protest Konflikte um das Zukunftspotential der Windkraft)

January 1, 1999,   by Paul Gipe

Windiger Protest (Bochum, Germany: Ponte Press, 1998) is a powerful little book edited by Franz Alt, Jürgen Claus, and Hermann Scheer. It sandwiches 189 pages packed with a documented defense of wind...[more]

Category: Reviews of Wind Books auf Deutsch, Wind Energy & the Environment, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch

North American Green's Erosion Control Software

December 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

Those planning wind projects in steep terrain (California, Texas, the northeastern USA, Spain, Italy, France) or those repowering projects in steep terrain (California) should get a copy of North...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, book Reviews

Wind Turbines & the Landscape: Architecture & Aesthetics by Frode Birk Nielsen

December 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

This is the first of two reports on wind turbines and aesthetic design. The second is The Landscape Impact and Visual Design of Windfarms by Caroline Stanton. There is also a discussion of aesthetics...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Reviews Engineering & Technical Books, Reviews Coffee Table Books

The Landscape Impact and Visual Design of Windfarms by Caroline Stanton

December 1, 1997,   by Paul Gipe

This is the second of two reports on wind turbines and aesthetic design. The other is a Review of Wind Turbines & the Landscape by Frode Birk Nielsen. There is also a discussion of aesthetics in...[more]

Category: Wind Energy & the Environment, Reviews Engineering & Technical Books

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

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

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

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

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

A Dutch colleague, Rinie van Est, referred me to a fascinating book by American anthropologist Steven Borish. The book, Land of the Living, is based on Borish's study of the Danish folkehøjskol...[more]

Category: book Reviews, History of Wind Power

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