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This section lists sources of information that you might find helpful in learning about micropower systems. This information is essential to running HOMER.

Renewable and Micropower Systems

Gilbert M. Masters, Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems (Wiley-IEEE Press 2004), ISBN: 0471280607

Anne-Marie Borbely and Jan F. Kreider, Distributed Generation: The Power Paradigm for the New Millennium (CRC Press, 2001), ISBN: 0849300746

Solar Resource

John A. Duffie and William A. Beckman, Chapters 1 and 2 in Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, 2nd edition (New York: Wiley, 1991), ISBN: 0471510564

Wind Resource

The Danish Wind Industry Association's website,, is an excellent and multilingual source of information on the wind resource, wind turbine technology, economics, and more.

James F. Manwell, Jon G. McGowan, and Anthony L. Rogers, Chapter 2 in Wind Energy Explained (New York: Wiley, 2002), ISBN: 0471499722

Biomass Resource

Peter McKendry, "Energy production from biomass (part 1): overview of biomass," in Bioresource Technology 83 (2002a), 37-46

Biomass Power

Peter McKendry, "Energy production from biomass (part 2): conversion technologies," Bioresource Technology 83 (2002b), 47-54

Hydro Power

Oliver Paish, "Small hydro power: technology and current status," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 6 (2002), 537-556 is a helpful introduction to small hydro power.

The Microhydro website,, is a useful website on all things microhydro.

VA Tech Hydro,, has useful calculation tools.

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