New Australasian handbook to help start-ups

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Efforts to improve the market potential for wind energy, along with technical and safety matters, were highlighted at the recent Solar '98 conference in New Zealand (story page 31), with Peter Freere from Monash University, Australia, discussing work on his Australasian Wind Energy handbook. Freere hopes the collation of theoretical, technical and practical material will help provide a useful resource for people in the region. Freere has become all-too-familiar with enthusiastic wind energy proponents falling foul of the laws of thermodynamics or gravity -- having seen and heard everything from free energy suggestions to falling towers. The handbook will address design and construction issues, installation and safety, modelling and maintenance. He notes the Australian scene sees "a couple of start-up wind turbine companies each year," and says that they need to know about these things.

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