Wind Energy Training

585-01 Basic Wind Turbine Design

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain how a wind turbine harnesses the kinetic energy in wind and converts it into useful mechanical energy. In addition, you will be able to identify the principle components that comprise a typical, modern wind turbine.

  • Define wind
  • Discuss some factors that affect wind
  • Identify two classifications of wind turbines
  • Describe the components that typically comprise the drive train on a wind turbine
  • Describe the basic wind turbine design currently used in the production of electricity

585-02 Wind Farm Design

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to discuss the factors that must be considered when identifying a possible location for a wind farm.

  • Discuss five key considerations taken into account when initially selecting a site for a wind farm
  • Describe three categories of wind farms
  • Discuss the information that may be included in a detailed wind resource study
  • Explain how the wind resource study impacts the location of the wind farm
  • Describe “wake” as it relates to wind turbine operation

585-03 Horizontal Wind Turbine Design and Operation

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to explain how wind flowing over the blades causes the turbine rotor to turn. In addition, you will be able to describe the operation of wind turbine components and discuss how wind turbines are controlled.

  • Describe five key components common to horizontal wind turbines
  • Identify the two most common types of blades
  • Discuss the type of generator most commonly used in wind turbines
  • Describe how pitch-controlled blades control wind turbine speed
  • Explain the purpose of the yaw mechanism

585-04 Wind Energy Production

When you complete this lesson, you will be able to discuss the relationship between the size of a wind farm and its corresponding capacity factor. In addition, you will be able to explain how wind energy impacts traditional energy markets.

  • Define capacity factor
  • Compare the capacity factor of a traditional coal-fired power plant to that of a modern wind farm
  • Describe how the costs of construction and operation for a traditional fossil-fired power plant compare to those of a new, large scale wind farm
  • Discuss how the cost of wind energy has become more competitive over the years