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Meteorology for Wind Energy - An Introduction

by Lars Landberg

Welcome!

This is the web site that accompanies my book on Meteorology for Wind Energy published by Wiley. Here you will find a log of what is happening, and you can also download data for the exercises in the book and a few other things. You can of course also buy the book from here!

Lars Landberg is right that there are too many of us using the wind without understanding it. Lars' book will help address that problem and it will entertain as well as educate. He has already taught much of the wind industry about meteorology and, through this book his undoubted didactic talents will reach a much wider audience. Part of his job at Garrad Hassan was to encourage free thinking and who better to do that than someone who cut his meteorological teeth on the Martian weather? You can be sure that he will bring a refreshing approach to this difficult subject.

Our generation has witnessed an extraordinary transition in the electricity industry. Wind used to occupy a position on its fringes where we were patronised as eccentric and naive ideologists - now this fantastic industry is part of the main stream driven by clean and powerful wind. Being able to make a reasonable job of predicting both the behaviour of the wind and the resulting behaviour of the turbines and wind farms has been an essential part of that success.

I have known Lars Landberg for a long time, first as a fellow wind energy enthusiast, then as a colleague and a friend. He was a member of the Garrad Hassan board and it was certainly stimulating to have a board member who had written a book called "Strategy: No Thanks!". From that title you can deduce that this book will have unexpected dimensions to it. I came across the Ekman spiral (my first acquaintance with meteorology) while writing my undergraduate thesis in 1973. I am ashamed to say that I did not know that Ekman was a Swede until I opened this book.

The wind is the free, clean fuel that distinguishes our industry from the expensive dirty stuff that others use but it is also the source of the loads that break the turbines. My meeting with Ekman was in the same year that I made my first wind mill alas destroyed by the wind very quickly. The wind therefore commands both our gratitude and our respect. This book will help us all to deliver that respect by initiating a wider understanding of the wind. Well done Lars!

Andrew Garrad
23 March 2015


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29 October 2017
Thank you for your continued support, it is so nice for me to see that the interest for my book is still spreading!
I have wanted to mention this for a long time: The entire book was written using a text processing system called ShareLatex, which is a very nice implementation of LaTex. If you are interested in trying it out (it is free), you can use this link (and by doing so, I get brownie points too :) ).

30 June 2017
Summer is here again... thank you for your continued support, most appreciated!
I hear that quite a few universities are now recommending my book as part of their courses, thank you for that too!.

10 July 2016
Summer is here... but before we all leave for the summer break, I just wanted to thank you for continuing to buy my book, most appreciated!
I have spoken to quite a few university teachers about the coming term, if you are also thinking about using my book for your class, please feel free to contact me, if you want further information.

28 March 2016
As far as I can tell from the December and January numbers more than 200 copies have now been sold! Thank you very much for your support!

10 January 2016
Some first entires on the Errata sheet, thank you for all the feedback I have got, most appreciated!

2 January 2016
Here is today's Amazon ranking (changes very fast!):
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #13 in Books > Science & Nature > Engineering & Technology > Energy Technology > Alternative Energy
- #14 in Books > Scientific, Technical & Medical > Engineering > Energy Engineering
- #18 in Books > Science & Nature > Engineering & Technology > Electrical > Energy

I am sure it will go down-hill from now on, so don't expect too many more updates like this one :)

9 December 2015
Here is today's Amazon ranking (changes very fast!):
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,081 in Books
- #10 in Books > Science & Nature > Engineering & Technology > Energy Technology > Alternative Energy
- #11 in Books > Scientific, Technical & Medical > Engineering > Energy Engineering
- #14 in Books > Science & Nature > Engineering & Technology > Electrical > Energy

1 December 2015
Book now out! Ready for delivery!

18 November 2015
Book launched in Paris! Thank you to everyone that came and celebrated the event, bought the book, and had some cake! The entire stock of the pre-prints was sold out!!


The launch at EWEA15 in Paris

24 October 2015
Date for book launch now official!!
You are cordially invited to the launch of Meteorology for Wind Energy: An Introduction by Lars Landberg
Meet the author, book signing, 20% discount
Wiley booth # I17
EWEA Annual Event, Paris
Wednesday 18th November 2015
10.30-11.00am
Cake!

31 March 2015
Final draft delivered to Wiley!!!

29 March 2015
First complete draft of the book!

14 March 2015
Working on connecting website with book

23 December 2014
Website up and running

22 December 2014
Working on Chapters 2&3

... have been working on the book since late 2014 ...