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Renewables: Wind Power 1

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Please note that if you wish to register for assessment in this module you must complete your booking in early September.  However if you do not wish to take assessment in this module then booking of at least 3 weeks prior module start date is required.


This course introduces the facts governing the availability and exploitation of wind power, the fundamental concepts of wind turbine design through aerodynamics and control and the economic, technical, institutional and environmental aspects of onshore and offshore wind farm development.

This course covers:


  • physical characteristics of the wind

  • characteristics of the wind resource

  • Operational and control characteristics of a wind turbine

  • design issues associated with wind turbines

  • wind turbine aerodynamics

  • challenges associated with siting wind turbines onshore

  • challenges associated with siting wind turbines offshore


At the completion of the course, students should be able to estimate the wind energy resource at chosen sites, design simple wind turbines for optimal energy extraction and assess the energy capture and economics of wind turbines and wind farms.

If you wish, You may take the assessment and accumulate credits towards a postgraduate award.

Students not wanting to take an assessment will only need to attend week 1 (week 1 lectures)

Students wanting to take an assessment will need to attend week 1 and week 2 (week 1 lectures, week 2 tutorials, write up coursework, CAA test )

Assessment is by CAA Test and Exam

This module is a component of the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology.  

Course details

Course code
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Two weeks
Course leader
Professor Simon Watson
CREST - Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology
Places available


Target audience
Graduate engineers and technical managers.
Previous experience
Graduate engineers or those with appropriate industrial experience.


CAA test(15%) plus a three-hour written examination (85%)
15 credits


Course fee
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Accommodation costs
Not included
Accommodation information
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Cancellations: in the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.  Cancellations must be received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course.  We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date. 

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. 

The University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course.  In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full.  It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.

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