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Wind Energy 2

Semester 2

Building on wind energy I, this module aims to cover in depth (a) the advanced statistics and modelling of the resource necessary for precise assessment, (b) the aerodynamics and mechanics necessary for the design and stressing of wind turbines. Small-scale systems, electrical aspects, noise generation and offshore systems are also covered. The highlight of this course will be a wind tunnel-based laboratory investigating the loading of a small-scale wind turbine.

Students who wish to further specialize in Wind Energy technology will have the option of taking this course which expands and delves further into the technology, and modelling and setting up of a wind farm.


1. Wind statistics
2. Advanced wind turbine aerodynamics
3. Forces and dynamics of wind turbines
4. System aspects
5. Electrical Aspects of wind turbines
6. Noise from wind turbines

  • Coursework: 50%
    • Laboratory Assignment 20%
    • Term Paper 10%
    • Mid-semester Exam 20%
  • Final Exam: 50%
    • Three hour final exam
Learning Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyse wind resource statistics and explain how they are affected by atmospheric turbulence.
2. Discuss the advanced aspects of wind turbine loading and limits.
3. Explain the intricate power system aspects of wind turbine and wind farm design.
4. Discuss noise propagation issues caused by modern wind turbines.
5. Describe the detailed electrical design aspects of wind turbines.
6. Perform precise wind tunnel-based measurements of an operating wind turbine and be able to write a report in a detailed and concise manner.

Course Code: 
3 Credits
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