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January 2, 2017
Paul Gipe

Bare Breasts and Windmills—Oh, My!


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.

While my new book Wind Energy for the Rest of Us doesn’t have a centerfold, it does have the next best thing for us windmill geeks: a sweeping panorama of wind turbines in the Tehachapi Pass that “jumps the gutter” across two pages (Figure 5-16 on page 90).

It was only when editing the digital version of my book that I realized Wind Energy for the Rest of Us delivers more than many would expect to find in a book on wind energy.

In the digital version, readers can enlarge many of the illustrations, including Figure 15-50 on page 371. This photo of Copenhagen’s inner harbor is intended to illustrate the compatibility of scenic destinations with wind energy. In the background are three of the five turbines in the Lynetten wind cooperative, one of several wind cooperatives within urban Copenhagen. In the foreground is a famous statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved character, the Little Mermaid.

On the big screen of a desktop monitor it became quite clear that I captured more than the wind turbines I was focusing on so many years ago when I snapped the photo.

For those who may not be familiar with it, the bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen depicts a nude mermaid sitting on a rock.

Finally, after all these years and all these books, I’ve managed to pair bare breasts with wind turbines, however inadvertently.

Figure 15-50 on page 371 of Wind Energy for the Rest of Us illustrating the compatability of wind turbines with tourist destinations.

Perhaps a parental warning is now required?


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