Online Course: Wind Energy Basics

Wind Energy Basics enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for wind energy. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of the scientific, technological, and business aspects of wind energy, participants will also learn techniques for the integration of wind energy and existing non-renewable resources.

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small wind farm near sunray, texas

This course is part of a 5-course series:  Certificate in Renewable Energy.  The goal of the series of courses, and the Renewable Energy program is to equip earth scientists with knowledge to enable them to take the lead in integrated energy projects and programs.  An earth scientist’s unique training and understanding of the big picture — the global picture — provides unmatched abilities to design, oversee, and promote integrated energy solutions which require bringing together fossil energy, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, and others.

Course Outcomes: By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

Define key aspects of the growing wind industry, including different locations and scales of production.

Describe the current use of wind energy.

Identify and list past and current incentives for using and producing wind energy.

Recognize companies developing and investing in wind energy, as well as estimate the business benefits of such investments.

Identify the scientific fundamentals of the exploration, development, and distribution of wind power.

Describe the scientific, technological, and business components of wind energy, e.g., turbine manufacturing and installation, wind farm management, purchasing and distribution of wind energy.

Cite current applications of wind power in the energy industry.

Discuss and analyze case studies involving the integration of wind power and non-renewable sources of energy.

Devise methods for the integration of wind power in order to anticipate future changes in the energy market.

Course Structure:

This course is a 4-week online course which consists of 4 one-week units that involve readings, multimedia, guiding questions, and assignments for you to do and to email to your instructor.  You will receive feedback from your instructor, and upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate.  This course is part of a five-course Certificate in Renewable Energy program, so if you complete this course as well as the others, you will receive 5 course certificates and a program certificate.

Core Text Suggestions:

Ackerman, Thomas. Wind Power in Power Systems. Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley Publishing, 2005.

Gipe, Paul. Wind Power. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Press, 2004.

Wizelius, Tore. Developing Wind Power Projects: Theory and Practice. London: Earthscan Publications Limited, 2007.

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