Small Wind Powered Electric Generation Systems
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
This course was designed to introduce the basic design concepts for small (residential) wind powered electric generation systems. Wind energy systems are one of the most cost-effective home-based renewable energy systems. Depending on your wind resource, a small wind energy system can lower your electricity bill by 50% to 90%, help you avoid the high costs of extending utility power lines to remote locations, prevent power interruptions, and it is nonpolluting. Small wind electric systems can make a significant contribution to our nation's energy needs.
In 2003, the U.S. wind generating capacity increased by more than 30%. Wind power plants of various size now operate in 32 states with a total generating capacity of 6374 MW of power, enough to meet the energy needs of more than 3 million homes.
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.
This course is
based entirely on the "Small Wind Electric Systems", March 2005 Publication
DOE/GO-102005-2095 - Produced for the U.S. Department of Energy by the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory, a DOE national laboratory. 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.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
This course would
be very informative for engineers or architects who are interested in wind powered
electric generation systems.
This course was
designed to introduce the basic design concepts for small (residential) wind
powered electric generation systems. The course review, hybrid systems, stand
alone systems, and grid connected systems.
This course is based entirely on the "Small Wind Electric
Systems", March 2005 Publication DOE/GO-102005-2095 - Produced for the
U.S. Department of Energy by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
The link to the course materials is as follows:
You need to open or download above document to study this course.
At the completion
of this class the design professional should be informed about various types
of small wind powered electric systems.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.