DuckDuckGo Wind Energy Lecture Notes
PG Dip Sustainable Energy, Trinity College Dublin. Delivered Lectures
Introduction to Wind Energy
Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines
Wind Europe 2016 site for the conference programme. This is a useful guide to the important concerns for the wind energy industry today. Also take a look at Wind Europe's Making Transition Work manifesto. Have a look at the programme and slides from the 2016 Small Wind Summit in Vienna for more about small wind energy.
Starting in Small Wind for useful links. Useful books include Wind Energy Basics by Paul Gipe, Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air by MacKay, the Wind Energy Handbook by Burton et al and Wind Energy Explained by Manwell et al.. For more about wind turbine aerodynamics, see Hansen's Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines and for more about electrical aspects, see Renewable Energy in Power Systems by Freris and Infield.
Paul Gipe's Wind Works and Hugh Piggott's site for good technical information and news.
It's important that you understand the real and imagined concerns that people have about wind energy. It's a strange one for me to recommend but it's worth watching
Windfall (youtube trailer with sound); it illustrates the essential arguments and concerns of those opposed to wind development. There are many important observations here for those interested in understanding the social aspects of wind energy (or the social aspects of any development).
Some Links with Recent Statistics
(Wind) Energy Worldwide
Worldwide electric energy consumption per annum, 3104 kWh per capita in 2013 or 28000 TWh in total. This is about 350 W continuous per person worldwide.
IEA (International Energy Agency) statistics
Wind Power in 2015 (GWEC). More than 63 GW of new wind power capacity was brought online in 2015. China leads installation.
By the end of last year eight countries had more than 10,000 MW of installed capacity including China (145,362 MW), the US (74,471 MW), Germany (44,947 MW), India (25,088 MW), Spain (23,025 MW), UK (13,063 MW), Canada (11,205 MW), and France (10,358 MW).
Global cumulative installed wind capacity (WWEA) - 456 GW mid-2016, up from 370 GW at the end of 2014.
In 2000, wind energy represented 2% of all power generation capacity in Europe.
By the end of 2015, wind represented 15% of all power generation capacity in Europe, i.e. 146 GW.
See Wind Europe's video.
All-island fuel-mix report
Eirgrid Smart Grid Dashboard
Peak Electricity Demand to Date:
5090 MW. 22 December 2010, 18:00 (Snow ...)
Maximum Wind Output to Date:
2132 MW. 28 January 2016, 22:00 (Gertrude).
Windís Contribution to Electricity in 2015:
Renewable Contribution to Electricity in 2015:
Installed Wind Capacity @ Dec 2015:
Contracted (Planned) Wind Capacity (Oct. 2015):
40% (Total Energy: 16%)
A note on copyright.