Wind Technology Today

  • D. M. Dodge
  • R. W. Thresher
Part of the Advances in Solar Energy book series (AISE, volume 5)


In 1988, the modern revival of interest in wind energy development (which began just before the Arab Oil Embargo) entered its fifteenth year. The first half of this period—ending about 1980—was dominated by the activities of small manufacturers and federal research and development programs. The second half saw the emergence of large, private wind turbine development operations in California and some other states with high wind sites. These developments were made possible by federal and state tax incentives. The next major phase of the modern revival has already begun. This phase is characterized by diminished development opportunities and a pooling of the knowledge and expertise obtained from private industry experience with the reservoir of basic research knowledge derived from federal research efforts. Researchers and developers hope that this phenomenon will result in the design of advanced third generation wind turbine systems in time for the early to mid 1990’s—when it is thought that wind energy development at moderate wind sites may become economically attractive due to the long-anticipated rise in energy costs from conventional sources.


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