Mukund R. Patel, Ph.D., P.E.
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Kings Point, New York
Principal Engineer, General Electric Company
Fellow Engineer, Westinghouse Reasearch Center

Patel, Mukind R., 1942.
Wind and solar power systems / Mukund R. Patel.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-8493-1605-7 (alk. paper)

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About the Author
Mukund R. Patel, Ph.D, P.E., is an experienced research engineer with
35 years of hands-on involvement in designing and developing state-of-theart electrical power equipment and systems.

He has served as principal
power system engineer at the General Electric Company in Valley Forge,
fellow engineer at the Westinghouse Research & Development Center in
Pittsburgh, senior staff engineer at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Princeton, development manager at Bharat Bijlee Limited, Bombay, and 3M distinguished visiting professor of electrical power technologies at the
University of Minnesota, Duluth. Presently he is a professor at the U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
Dr. Patel obtained his Ph.D. degree in electric power engineering from the
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; M.S. in engineering management from the University of Pittsburgh; M.E.

in electrical machine design
from Gujarat University and B.E.E.

from Sardar University, India. He is a
fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (U.K.), senior member of
the IEEE, registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, and a member
of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi and Omega Rho.
Dr. Patel has presented and published over 30 papers at national and
international conferences, holds several patents, and has earned NASA recognition for exceptional contribution to the photovoltaic power system
design for UARS.

He is active in consulting and teaching short courses to
professional engineers in the electrical power industry

The book of this nature on emerging technologies, such as the wind and
photovoltaic power systems, cannot possibly be written without the help
from many sources.

I have been extremely fortunate to receive full support
from many organizations and individuals in the field.

They not only encouraged me to write the book on this timely subject, but also provided valuable
suggestions and comments during the development of the book.
Dr. Nazmi Shehadeh, head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, gave me the opportunity
to develop and teach this subject to his students who were enthusiastic about
learning new technologies.

Dr. Elliott Bayly, president of the World Power
Technologies in Duluth, shared with me and my students his long experience
in the field. He helped me develop the course outline, which later became
the book outline.

Dr. Jean Posbic of Solarex Corporation in Frederick, Maryland and Mr. Carl-Erik Olsen of Nordtank Energy Group/NEG Micon,
Denmark, kindly reviewed the draft and provided valuable suggestions for

Mr. Bernard Chabot of ADEME, Valbonne, France, provided
the profitability charts for screening the wind and photovoltaic power sites.
Mr. Ian Baring-Gould of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
Golden, Colorado, has been a source of useful information and the hybrid
power plant simulation model.