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Windpumps: A Guide for Development Workers

By: R Barlow

144 pages, Illus.

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Jan 1993 | #22375 | ISBN: 1853391263
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The wind is a renewable energy resource that can never be exhausted and which avoids pollution. This makes it one of the most environmentally sound energy options available. Applied to water pumping, the wind has been central in the stimulation of many rural economies, such as the Great Plains in the United States, the Australian outback, and Argentina, and there is still great potential for future development of the wind-pumping resource. However, the scarcity of appropriate information on the technology, economics and potential has restricted dissemination in the developing world. "Windpumping: A Guide for Development Workers" overcomes this problem by taking the reader through every aspect of this topic in a systematic way. The appendix includes a list of international suppliers and manufacturers of windpumping equipment, together with a summary of their products and services.


Introduction - why windpumps?; the evolution of windpumps - their long history, the role of windpumps in development, windpump applications, windpump classification; world-wide experience and potential - international programmes (Asia, Africa, South America and Caribbean, Europe and the USSR), the rest of world, summary of potential; the wind resource - wind energy availability; the effects of wind speed, the effects of topography; windpumping designs - principles of conversion, performance of windpumps, rotor design, pump types, transmission options, tail arrangements, towers, safety designs, accessories; commercially available equipment - technology, traditional designs, fabricated direct drive, novel designs, self-build designs, costs; economics of windpumps - general, village water supply, irrigation, non economic factors; assessing the need for a windpump - resource assessment, water requirements, system sizing, system costing, windpump or not? (decision charts), procurement or manufacture; implementation - specification, procurement, installation, maintenance and repair, safety; frequently asked questions. Appendix: products guide; list of suppliers/manufacturers; organizations with designs; life cycle costing.

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