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Postgraduate Course: Principles of wind energy (PGEE11029)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryWind energy is the fast growing renewable source for electricity generation. The objective of this course is to present a broad overview of the technology covering aspects such as the history of wind turbine development, the characteristics of the wind and its impact on site selection, and the design, manufacture, and operation of modern wind turbines. The course has a practical flavour, drawing on examples from the wind turbine engineering and development sectors. The political and economic implications of wind energy are explored in the final lecture.
Course description Lecture 1 - Evolution of modern wind turbines
Lecture 2 - The wind and its characteristices
Lecture 3 - Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
Lecture 4 - Structural design and analysis
Lecture 5 - Electrical Aspects
Lecture 6 - Wind Turbine control and operation
Lecture 7 - materials and manufacture
Lecture 8 - Planning and Siting
Lecture 9 - Construction and offshore wind
Lecture 10 - Politics, economics and case studies
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% written exam (1.5h)
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the student will:
i) be capable of conducting a basic wind resource estimation and site assessment.
ii) understand the fundamentals of wind turbine design and operation
iii) understand issues related to integrating wind energy into an electricity distribution network
iv) appreciate the strengths and limitations of wind energy in an economic and political context
Reading List
Wind Energy Explained, Manwell, McGowan and Rogers, Wiley 2002, ISBN 0 471 49972 2

Wind Energy Handbook, Burton, Sharpe, Jenkins and Bossanyi; Wiley, 2001, ISBN 0 471 48997 2

Renewable Energy in Power Systems, Freris & Infield; Wiley, 2008, ISBN 978 0 471 01749 4

Wind Energy Conversion Systems, L Freris; Prentice Hall, 1900, ISBN 013 960527 4 (out of print, but may still be avaiable in libraries)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsrenewable energy,wind
Course organiserDr Colin Anderson
Course secretaryMr James Foster
Tel: (0131 6)51 3562
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