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This section lists sources of information that you might find helpful in learning about micropower systems. None of this information is essential to running HOMER.

Renewable and Micropower Systems

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

Borbely AM, Kreider JF, (2001) Distributed Generation: The Power Paradigm for the New Millennium, CRC Press, ISBN: 0849300746

Solar Resource

Chapters 1 and 2 of Duffie JA, Beckman WA (1991) Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes 2nd edition, Wiley, New York, NY, ISBN: 0471510564

Wind Resource

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

Chapter 2 of Manwell JF, McGowan JG, Rogers AL (2002) Wind Energy Explained, Wiley, New York, NY, ISBN: 0471499722

Biomass Resource

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

Biomass Power

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

Hydro Power

For a helpful introduction to small hydro power, see Paish O (2002) Small hydro power: technology and current status, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 6, 537-556

For a useful website on all things microhydro, see

Some useful calculation tools are available at the website of VA Tech Hydro,

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