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Essentials Of Distributed Generation Systems

  • Gregory W. Massey
  • ISBN-10: 0763751162
  • ISBN-13: 9780763751166
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
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About the Product

Now owners, engineers, and electricians can quickly come up to speed on the five most prominent distributed generation technologies with Essentials of Distributed Generation Systems. Whether you're looking for an introduction to the topic or an overview of the selection, design, and installation of these systems, this practical guide is your source for complete and up-to-date information on the most common alternative energy technologies. The first title in the highly anticipated Essentials of Electricity series provides electricians with what they need to know for solar photovoltaic, wind turbine, fuel cell, microturbine, and engine-generator system technologies. Using concise explanations with detailed and clear illustrations, this book will prepare you to select the most appropriate type of distributed generation by examining the strengths and weaknesses of each system and summarizing each system's components, operations, and limitations, while discussing common factors that affect each of these alternative technologies. This multi-faceted resource has been strategically arranged to provide fast access to information on each of the individual systems as well as a comprehensive look at how on-site generation technologies work as a whole.


  • Reducing electric utility bills

  • Improving the reliability of electric power

  • Improving the payback of required generation systems

  • Making power marketable to sell to utilities

  • Generating environmentally-friendly power

  • Chapter Objectives focus students' attention on critical information covered within the chapter.

  • Key Terms are highlighted and defined within the chapter for fast and easy reference.

  • NEC Links reference the parts of the 2008 National Electrical CodeĀ® which apply to a particular procedure to ensure Code compliant work.

  • Tip Boxes include valuable information about specific procedures and offer safety considerations for different locations, equipment, and tools.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Overview of Distributed Generation
Chapter 2: Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Chapter 3: Wind Power Systems
Chapter 4: Fuel Cells
Chapter 5: Microturbines
Chapter 6: Engine-Generators
Chapter 7: Interconnected Generation Systems
Chapter 8: Utility-Interactive Power Inverters
Chapter 9: Sizing Generation Systems
Chapter 10: Sizing Conductors
Chapter 11: Disconnecting Means
Chapter 12: Overcurrent Protection
Chapter 13: Grounding and Bonding