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The potential electricity production of wind energy conversion systems in the European Community has been analyzed in a concerted action with an international group of experts under the leadership of Dr. Selzer from the company ERNO/MBB. In order to develop reliable data, it was necessary to analyse the wind which is available in the various parts of Europe, study in detail all candidate sites for the possible installation of wind turbines, and to review the technological cost effectiveness of wind turbines. The availability of utility networks for grid connection of the wind turbines was also included in the analysis. Three important facts are described for the first time in this book: First, all member countries of the European Community are concerned by wind energy utilization. There is a high wind energy potential in Northern as well as in Southern Europe. Secondly, most of the potential areas for wind energy utilization are along the coastal zones. Thirdly, electricity contribution from wind energy converters to Europe's overall consumption could eventually be very large. In principle, it would even be possible to provide all of Europe's electricity needs from wind energy. However, in the foreseeable future, the actual development of this technology in Europe will be much more modest because at the present time, wind turbines are not yet fully cost competitive with the conventional means of electricity production. In any case, this book clearly shows that the promise of wind energy in Europe is such that its development deserves full attention and it has become urgent to set up an aggressive strategy for implementation.

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Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: 148P., 1986, ISBN 90-277-2205-6 WRITE TO KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS GROUP, P.O. BOX 322, 3300 AH DORDRECHT (THE NETHERLANDS), PRICE: HFL. 80, (EUR 10376 EN).
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