Renewable Energy Systems

2013 Edition
| Editors: Martin Kaltschmitt, Nickolas J. Themelis, Lucien Y. Bronicki, Lennart Söder, Luis A. Vega

Wind Power, Aerodynamics and Blade Technology 2

  • Martin O. L. Hansen
Reference work entry

Definition of the Subject and Its Importance

Wind energy has been used for thousands of years to drive sailboats, for grinding grains, and for pumping water. For approximately 100 years, wind energy has also been used to produce electricity by connecting the rotor shaft to a generator and thus transforming wind mills into wind turbines. With the growing awareness to find alternatives to fossil fuels in order to reduce the CO2 emission and to become less dependent on oil-producing regions, wind energy has reached a new age, where wind turbines are no longer produced by local black smiths but by very large companies using advanced design tools similar to the aeronautical industry. It is the purpose of this entry to give an introduction to wind turbine aerodynamics and describe the aerodynamic design tools presently used and what tools may be used in the future.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DTU Mechanical EngineeringTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark