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Wind Turbine Technology Overview

Brian M. McCaffrey, P.E.


Course Outline

This course provides an overview of wind turbine components and design considerations for optimization of power generation.  Typical power ratings and sizes for wind turbines are explained for various residential-scale, industrial-scale, and utility-scale applications.  Additionally, the components and considerations for a typical utility-scale wind energy project are discussed. 

This course is based entirely on Wind Turbine Technology Overview, published by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). 

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the reader will be familiar with the following topics concerning wind turbines:

  1. Basics of wind turbine design and components;
  2. Relationship between wind speed and power output;
  3. Wind turbine optimization; and
  4. Applications for distributed generation and bulk power delivery.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for engineers of various disciplines who are interested in an overview of wind turbines. 

Benefit to Attendee

This course will help the reader understand the basics of wind turbine components and design considerations for optimization of power generation.

Course Introduction

This course is intended to provide an overview of wind turbine components and design considerations for optimization of power generation.  Typical power ratings and sizes for wind turbines are explained for various residential-scale, industrial-scale, and utility-scale applications.  Additionally, the components and considerations for a typical utility-scale wind energy project are discussed. 

Course Content

This course is based entirely on Wind Turbine Technology Overview, published by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). 

Wind Turbine Technology Overview

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Course Summary

At the completion of this class, the reader should understand the basics of wind turbine components, the design considerations for optimization of power generation, and the typical power ratings and sizes for wind turbines in various applications.

Quiz

Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.