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Wind Energy Essentials

Course Learning Objectives 

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with various essential aspects in harnessing wind energy and its conversion and delivery as electricity. It will consist of a series of seminars offered by various speakers.

Course Outcome 

A broad understanding of essential elements in wind-electric systems: turbines, wind- plant development and their integration into the utility grid, environmental impacts, wind forecasting and more.

Course Outline & Lecturers 

  • Lec 1: Wind Assessment and Forecasting (Mark Ahlstrom - CEO Wind
    Logics, Inc.)  Lecture Reading

  • Lec 2: Wind farm project development (Kate O'Hair- Director
    of Development for enXco, Midwest Office Minneapolis)
    Lecture Reading 1  Lecture Reading 2  Lecture Reading 3

  • Lec 3: Foundation Design (Jennifer Entwistle- Senior Structural
    Engineer, Barr Engineering)  Lecture Reading

  • Lec 4: Electrical Engineering Principles for Wind Energy
    Systems (Professor Ned Mohan, University of Minnesota)

  • Lec 5: Introduction to present day wind energy scenario
    (Steven W. Saylors- P.E.Senior Specialist, Electrical
    Engineering, Regional Support Services)  Lecture Reading

  • Lec 6: Wind Turbine Controls (Mihailo Jovanovic - ECE, Peter Seiler
    – AEM. University of Minnesota)

  • Lec 7: Materials and Structural Reliability (Sue Mantell - ME,
    Henryk Stolarski – CE. University of Minnesota)
    Lecture Reading 1  Lecture Reading 2

  • Lec 8: Blade Aerodynamics and Acoustics (Roger Arndt – CE.
    University of Minnesota)  Lecture Reading 1  Lecture Reading 2

  • Lec 9: Environmental Considerations: Radar Interference (Mos Kaveh
    – Associate Dean, College of Science and Engineering)

  • Lec 10: Power systems and protection for wind systems
    (Pratap Mysore- National Senior Relay and Protection Engineer, HDR)

  • Lec 11: Grid Integration (Matt Schuerger, Energy Systems
    Consulting Services)  Lecture Reading

Slides for Video Clips 

Course Video Clips 

The following video files are in .mov format. You will need the QuickTime player to watch these videos.

Online Homework Problems 

This material is available only to CUSP™ members. Becoming a member is easy - fill an online request here. If you are already a member, you will be invited to a Google Group, where the member materials will be posted. If you think you did not receive the invitation or missed it, send a request to cusp[at]umn[dot]edu.

Concept Quizzes 

This material is available only to CUSP™ members. Becoming a member is easy - fill an online request here. If you are already a member, you will be invited to a Google Group, where the member materials will be posted. If you think you did not receive the invitation or missed it, send a request to cusp[at]umn[dot]edu.

In-Class Quizzes 

This material is available only to CUSP™ members. Becoming a member is easy - fill an online request here. (Still in development)

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