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Undergraduate Course: Wind Energy 5 (MECE11008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) 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 2024/25, 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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. be able to apply analysis methods in conducting a basic wind resource estimation and site assessment and assess their limitations.
  2. comprehensively understand the fundamentals of wind turbine design and operation, the design processes and methodologies and able to adapt them to unfamiliar situations
  3. understand the concepts and issues related to integrating wind energy into the energy system
  4. be critically aware of the strengths and limitations of wind energy in an economic, social and political contexts
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)
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Keywordsrenewable energy,wind
Course organiserProf Alasdair McDonald
Course secretaryMiss Catherine Davidson
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