Power from Wind A History of Windmill Technology

Power from Wind
  • Engels
  • Druk: New edition
  • 9780521566865
  • september 1996
  • Paperback
  • 336 pagina's
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The wind is a fickle source of power. Windspeeds are frequently too low to be of any practical use, so that windpower has generally remained a marginal resource. Since the inception of windpower around 1000 AD, technology has been deployed to obtain the most economical power from wind. The author traces its technical evolution, concentrating on the growth in understanding of wind and charting crucial developments in windmill design. The history of the windmill is focused on North Western Europe, drawing on the origins of the first horizontal windmills in Persia, Tibet and China. Industrial applications such as in textiles, papermaking and mining are examined. Gradually, windmills were improved but were finally eclipsed by steam engines in the nineteenth century due to increased levels of industrialisation. The book concludes with a look at the recent re-emergence of windpower as a viable source of power in the wake of the energy crisis.


'Hills' Power from Wind, there is no doubt, is the definitive history of the technology developed over the ages to harness the power of the wind ... This scholarly history will be useful to anyone professionally interested in the history of technology.' Benito Muller, Journal of Energy Literature ' ... well written, contains a lot of valuable information with many good pictures, and moreover includes interesting contextual aspects. Thus, it serves as a most welcome addition to the history of wind power technology.' Kristian Hwidfelt Nielsen, Centaurus ...an important contribution to the history of technology, for it is the first solid, scholarly monograph devoted to the history of the windmill....it will be...the place from which all subsequent studies of the windmill's history begin. Terry S. Reynolds, Science ...comprehensive and compellingly organized history of the technology of the windmills of the world. Bret Ancowitz, Yale Scientific Historians of engineering will therefore welcome Richard Hill's full and well-researched account of the history of wind power, a book in which this most singular problem of design and development (which has a long history and is by no means yet a dead letter) is so elegantly described....Hills provides as good an account as one could wish to read of the techniques developed and deployed to convert air flow into mechanical movement, to rotate whole buildings to face the wind, and to try to deal, automatically, with the vagaries of wind direction and speed....a fascinating history, which Hills has so expertly and lucidly set out. Norman A.F. Smith, ISIS Power from Wind is not the typical windmill history book....End notes and a bibliography make this book especially helpful for readers interested in delving deeper into wind power history....Power from Wind provides interesting history... Windmiller's Gazette



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