Wind turbine technology

Wind power is now the fastest growing sector of the world’s electrical power industries. This two day course explains the wind turbine technology behind that success.

Loads analysis for new wind turbine products

Training Information

  • Duration:

    2 days

  • Date:

    23-24 November 2016

  • Location:

    Hamburg, Germany

  • Language:


Additional information: 
The basics of wind energy conversion, the evolution of today’s giant wind turbines and many key decisions about the design concepts (number of blades, upwind or downwind etc.) are explained. Rotor design, direct drive and the increasing diversity of drive train options are examined. Permanent magnet generators and general electrical design issues are addressed. The evolution of larger wind turbines and the challenges of further upscaling especially in the context of the expanding offshore market are also discussed. The design process, the importance of accurate design loads prediction and effective control of the wind turbine are highlighted. How design options may affect cost of energy is illustrated and future trends are reviewed.

The course offers a significant depth of understanding of the technology background but does not assume any prior knowledge of wind energy.

Course outline:
Day 1

  • Evolution of modern wind turbine technology
  • Fundamentals of wind energy conversion
    -Options for power conversion
    -Rotor concept and energy concentration
    -Optimum operation and the Betz limit
  • Top level design options
    -Design tip speed
    -Number of blades 
    -Upwind v downwind
    -HAWT v VAWT
    -Pitch v stall, variable or fixed speed
  • Architecture of wind turbines
    -Nacelle components and layout issues
    -Support structures
    -Conventional drive train solutions
    -Recent trends in drive train technology
    -PMG technology
  • Electrical systems
    -Electrical terminology
    -Wind turbine electrical systems
    -Integration with the grid: electrical tolerances; reactive power; LVRT; power quality
  • Control
    -Steady state objectives
    -Safety systems and supervisory control
    -Closed loop control
  • Q & A session

Day 2

  • Rotor design 
    -Aerodynamics and structures 
    -Materials and manufacturing processes 
  • Wind turbine design loads
    -General specification
    -modelling challenges
    -Loads prediction, DLC
    -Bladed demonstration
  • Cost of energy
    -Power curve
    -Cost of energy and cost models
    -Example - cost optimisation of power rating v diameter
  • Overview of turbines in the market
  • Upscaling of wind technology
    -Trends in turbine size
    -Scaling rules and challenges to upscaling
  • Offshore wind technology
    -Offshore design issues: higher tip speed; enhanced reliability; support structure solutions
    -Floating offshore systems
  • Future technology
    -General trends
    -Superconducting and other generators
    -Floating and airborne systems
  • Q & A session

Who should attend?
Industry professionals wishing to broaden their knowledge; individuals or companies involved in wind farm or turbine development; and professionals of any discipline entering the industry and seeking specific skills, such as: Project Managers, Developers, Civil and Structural Designers, and Turbine Designers.