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Renewables: Introduction to Wind Turbine Technology - Distance Learning

28 September 2020 - 29 January 2021

The aim of this course is to introduce wind power and the fundamental concepts of wind turbine design including aerodynamics, structure and control. The economic, technical, institutional and environmental aspects of onshore and offshore wind farm development are also considered.

This course will cover:

  • Physical wind characteristics and resources;
  • Principles, electrical, operational and control characteristics of a wind turbine;
  • Design challenges associated with wind turbines;
  • Fundamental principles of wind turbine aerodynamics;
  • Fundamental principles of wind turbine control;
  • Wind turbine blade design process;
  • Economic, technical, institutional and environmental aspects of on-shore and/or off-shore wind farm design and development.

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Estimate the wind turbine performances;
  • Understand important aspects for a wind turbine.

Delivered completely online this course will offer you the flexibility of working at your own pace at the most convenient time of the day.

The course will take one semester (15 weeks) to complete. 

You can choose to take *formal assessment at Loughborough and if successful can accumulate credits towards your personal CPD portfolio.  By obtaining credits you may also be eligible to progress towards a postgraduate award.

Places are restricted so if you wish to join the course please note that the deadline date for booking will be 6 September 2020. Online booking will be made available nearer the time. In the meantime, if you have any further questions please contact

 *Taking an exam at Loughborough is free of charge.  An additional Loughborough administration fee of £250 is charged for taking exams off campus.  However, you will have to pay further costs to arrange and use an approved local exam centre.  For more details please contact the Postgraduate Administration Team prior to making your booking. 


Course details

Course code
One semester, 150 hours study, approximately 10 hours per week
Course leader
Professor Taeseong Kim
The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Places available


Target audience
This course is for graduates in engineering or other technical disciplines.
Previous experience
If you do not have a degree as specified above but have relevant experience please e-mail Jenny Evans prior to registering with details of your work experience. An assessment will be made on your suitability for the course.


Assessment is by coursework (15%) and 3 hour written exam (85%)


Course fee
Accommodation costs
Not applicable


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 5 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.