About this Course
How tall is a modern wind turbine and how can it possibly generate power from the wind? This course gives an overview of key aspects in wind energy engineering. Whether you are looking for general insight in this green technology or your ambition is to pursue a career in wind energy engineering, 'Wind Energy' is an excellent starting point. Experts located in the wind pioneering country of Denmark will take you on a tour through the most fundamental disciplines of wind energy research such as wind measurements and resource assessment, aerodynamics, wind turbine technology, structural mechanics, materials, financial and electrical systems. You will gain a rational understanding of wind energy engineering and, through hands-on exercises, you will learn to perform wind energy calculations based on simple models. Working with the different course disciplines will give you a taste of what wind energy engineering is all about. This allows you to identify the most interesting or relevant aspects of wind energy engineering to be pursued in your future studies or in your professional career. View our video: https://youtu.be/he4UWTGHxrY
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Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 7-8 hours/week
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Skills you will gain

Wind PowerWind Energy EngineeringWind Farm DesignElectrical Design
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100% online course

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Clock

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 7-8 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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1 hour to complete

About this course

This module gives you an overview of the course content and learning objectives. You will see the recommended prerequisites for following the course and find out how to earn points towards your course certificate....
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 videos
Reading7 readings
Course video5m
Learning objectives3m
Course elements8m
Pre-requisites8m
Grading policy8m
Code of Conduct5m
Provide your feedback5m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Math pre-requisites20m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Introduction to wind energy

In this module, you will learn why there is a need for wind energy and how wind energy projects are planned. When you have completed the module, you will be able to explain why there is a need for wind energy and what an EIA is. You will also know how to get the most out of the course through interaction with other course participants....
Reading
2 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings
Video2 videos
Siting challenges and stakeholder involvement7m
Reading3 readings
Activity: Get to know your peers10m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m

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Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Wind resources

It is all about the wind! In this module you will learn how the wind varies with height and during the day and night. You will find out how the wind power density and the power production can be modeled for an area based on different terrain properties. When you have completed the module, you will be able to apply basic engineering models for wind speed and determine the annual energy production for a wind turbine....
Reading
2 videos (Total 26 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Wind resource assessment12m
Reading3 readings
Introduction to quiz: Wind profiles and wind resources20m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Wind profiles and wind resources20m
Clock
4 hours to complete

Test and measurements

‘Test and measurements’ is about different ways to measure the wind and how to to interpret wind observations. When you have completed this module, you will be able to analyse measured wind data and determine the mean wind speed and turbulence....
Reading
3 videos (Total 36 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Important concepts used in wind energy9m
Wind Scanner - remote sensing of wind18m
Reading3 readings
Introduction to quiz: Wind data analysis20m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Wind data analysis0m

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Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Economy

In this module you will learn about financial aspects during the entire lifetime of a wind turbine. When you have completed the module, you will be able to perform simple calculations for assessing wind farm projects and for calculating the cost of energy from wind....
Reading
3 videos (Total 28 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Energy production and revenue9m
Tools for wind energy economics9m
Reading3 readings
Introduction to quiz: Economics of wind energy20m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Economics of wind energy - Net Present Value (NPV)20m
Economics of wind energy - Levellised Cost of Energy (LCoE)40m
Clock
4 hours to complete

Wind turbine technology

It is now time to focus on the wind turbine itself. In this module you will learn about different wind turbine designs including the modern three-bladed turbine. When you have completed the module, you will be able to account for the configuration and energy production of different wind turbine designs....
Reading
2 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Wind turbine terminology and components6m
Reading3 readings
Introduction to quiz: Wind energy technology concepts20m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Wind Energy Technology Concepts40m

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Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Aerodynamics

This module on ‘Aerodynamics’ will outline the fundamental principle of a wind turbine and you will learn what makes it turn. When you have completed the module, you will be able to carry out calculations of thrust and power for a wind turbine....
Reading
2 videos (Total 18 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video2 videos
Flow and forces around the wind turbine blade11m
Reading3 readings
Introduction to Quiz: Aerodynamics20m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Aerodynamics - 1D Momentum theory0m
Aerodynamics - Rotational theory and velocity triangle at r = 40m0m
Clock
5 hours to complete

Materials

Wind turbines are composed of a variety of materials. In order to create stronger and lighter wind turbine components, especially the blades, new types of materials are being invented. When you have completed this module, you will be able to calculate the mass of a turbine blade based on different material’s properties....
Reading
3 videos (Total 30 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Material requirements for wind turbine blades11m
Composite materials for wind turbine blades9m
Reading3 readings
Introduction to quiz: Wind turbine blade20m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Stresses in the blade cross section20m
The weight of a wind turbine blade20m

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Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Structural mechanics

In this module you will discover which forces act on a wind turbine blade. A blade can be considered as a beam and therefore beam theory is applied. When you have completed the module, you will be able to define boundary conditions and loads on beams and calculate reactions and internal forces....
Reading
2 videos (Total 22 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Beam Theory13m
Reading3 readings
Introduction to quiz: Beam theory20m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Beam Theory0m
Clock
4 hours to complete

Electrical systems

One of the biggest challenges in wind energy engineering is to integrate the very variable power production from wind turbines into the electrical system. In this module, you will learn to account for the role of wind energy in the energy supply. When you have completed the module, you will be able to apply a strategy for controlling the rotor speed of a variable speed wind turbine....
Reading
3 videos (Total 30 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Control of wind turbines and wind power plants8m
Integration of variable wind power generation10m
Reading3 readings
Introduction to Quiz: Wind turbine rotor speed control strategy20m
Supporting literature10m
Provide your feedback10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Wind turbine rotor speed control strategy45m
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Top Reviews

By VRMar 4th 2018

sometimes hard sometimes a little bit easier but always interesnting, gives a good overview about the subject and if you believe that the future of the energy is renewable you should do this course.

By CAFeb 2nd 2017

The course gives the basics about every thing you have to know about wind energy. There are many instructors participating, showing the effort in giving a good corse with experts in each matter

Instructors

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Merete Badger

Senior Scientist
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Alma Salnaja

Student helper
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Lars Pilgaard Mikkelsen

Associate Professor
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Tom Cronin

Special advisor
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Torben Krogh Mikkelsen

Professor of Remote Sensing for Wind Energy
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Niels-Erik Clausen

Associate professor
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Bonnie Ram

Guest Senior Researcher
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Sven-Erik Gryning

Dr. Scient. and PhD
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Kim Branner

Senior Research Scientist
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Henrik Bredmose

Associate professor

About Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

DTU focuses on research in technical and natural sciences that contributes to the development of society. As an industrially orientated university, our goal is to supply high-level international research based on combining theory with constructing models and empirical methods....

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