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EGGN589: Design and Control of Wind Energy Systems

Course Information

Spring 2017
Kathryn Johnson

Course Description

Wind energy provides a clean, renewable source for electricity generation. Wind turbines provide electricity at or near the cost of traditional fossil-fuel fired power plants at suitable locations, and the wind industry is growing rapidly as a result. Engineering R&D can still help to reduce the cost of energy from wind, improve the reliability of wind turbines and wind farms, and help to improve acceptance of wind energy in the public and political arenas. This course will provide an overview of the design and control of wind energy systems.

Course Topics

Note: this outline is subject to change
  • Energy Sustainability and Wind Energy History
  • Wind Turbine Configurations
  • Characteristics of the Wind Resource
  • Aerodynamics
  • Mechanical Dynamics
  • Wind Turbine Design Process
  • Design Tools & Economics
  • Electrical Systems
  • Turbine Design Review
  • Wind Turbine Control and Simulation
  • Wind Farms
  • Offshore Wind Turbines


The recommended textbook is Wind Energy Explained by Manwell, McGowan, and Rogers (2nd ed). Note that another textbook of interest, Wind Turbines: Fundamentals, Technologies, Application, Economics by Erich Hau (3rd ed) is available freely from campus internet connections via Springerlink.

Course Documents

Course documents will be available to enrolled students via Blackboard.


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