Wind Energy
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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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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - 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.
  • Week 1 - 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 t...
  • Week 2 - 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 y...
  • Week 2 - 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.
  • Week 3 - 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...
  • Week 3 - 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 p...
  • Week 4 - 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.
  • Week 4 - 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...
  • Week 5 - 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 calcu...
  • Week 5 - 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...
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Instructors

Ameya Sathe
Postdoc
Department of Wind Energy

Alma Salnaja
Student helper
Department of Wind Energy

Bonnie Ram
Guest Senior Researcher
Department of Wind Energy

Morten Hartvig Hansen
Professor
Department of Wind Energy

Hilmar Kjartansson Danielsen
Senior Researcher
Department of Wind Energy

Vladimir Fedorov
Researcher
Department of Wind Energy

Sven-Erik Gryning
Dr. Scient. and PhD
Department of Wind Energy

Torben Krogh Mikkelsen
Professor of Remote Sensing for Wind Energy
Department of Wind Energy

Merete Badger
Senior Scientist
Department of Wind Energy

Lars Pilgaard Mikkelsen
Associate Professor
Department of Wind Energy

Tom Cronin
Special advisor
Department of Wind Energy

Kim Branner
Senior Research Scientist
Department of Wind Energy

Henrik Bredmose
Associate professor
Department of Wind Energy

Poul Ejnar Sørensen
Professor
Department of Wind Energy

Niels-Erik Clausen
Associate professor
Department of Wind Energy

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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.

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on the March 4, 2018
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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.

on the February 28, 2018
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Excellent course! Even when we work with Wind Energy, our working topics do not cover all aspects. Well, this course does it very well!

on the February 11, 2018
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The course is very well structured. The problems were challenging yet doable. Some of the technical terms could have explained in a slow and detailed manner so that the students can follow up the lecture quite easily. The derivations should be slowed down a bit. It would be wonderful if they derive them by hand instead of presenting through slides. In the end It is a great course! Loved doing it. Thank you teachers for providing me an insight into the field of Wind Energy.

on the February 9, 2018
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Very useful the course helped me to confirm concepts acquired in the work and to have a better macro point of view of wind energy.

on the February 4, 2018
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Really enjoyed being part of this amazing course. It was very comprehensive and videos were very well explained . It gave an excellent insight into wind energy.