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New Advances in Wind Powered Electric Generation Technology

Jeffrey Havelin, PE

This course was specifically designed to introduce the design concepts and technology advances in large commercial wind powered electric generation systems. These applications include offshore deepwater development, the use of wind energy to clean, desalinate, and move water, and developing new technologies that will enable wind to work in synergy with other renewable energy technologies like hydropower and hydrogen.

The goal of the wind energy industry is to contribute 100 GW of wind electricity to our Nation’s energy supplies by 2020. By meeting that goal, wind energy will help secure our Nation’s energy future and clean up our environment by displacing about 3 quadrillion BTUs of primary energy per year and 65 million metric tons of carbon equivalent per year.

In the past 10 years, the global wind energy capacity has increased tenfold — from 3.5 gigawatts (GW) in 1994 to almost 50 GW by the end of 2004. In the United States, the wind energy capacity tripled from 1600 megawatts (MW) in 1994 to more than 6700 MW by the end of 2004 — enough to serve more than 1.6 million households.

This course is based entirely on the publication “Wind Power Today” DOE/GO-102005-2115 April 2005 published by the U.S. Department of Energy This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. You will be quizzed on the attached document in its entirety.

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