Introduction to Wind Turbine Operations

Course Number: RET 101
Transcript Title: Intro to Wind Turbine Ops
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 19, 2015
Total Credits: 2
Lecture Hours: 20
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


Course Description

Introduces the basic concepts, terminology, and technology used by industrial scale horizontal axis wind turbine generators to capture wind energy and transform it into electrical energy. Prerequisites: EET 111. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concept of energy production with industrial scale horizontal axis wind turbine generators.
  2. Identify and understand the purpose and function of major components of a wind turbine.
  3. Recognize the sequence and importance of basic siting, construction, commissioning, warranty, retrofit, operations, maintenance, troubleshooting, control, data analysis, and record keeping for wind farms.
  4. Understand the role of a technician in the safe, efficient operation and upkeep of a wind turbine.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation is done via labs, quizzes, take home assignments, in class exercises, and exams.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture, discussion, online lessons, and lab exercises are the instructional methods used.

Laboratory activities include LOTO safety procedures, basic wind turbine operations (yaw, pitch, unwind, underspeed, and overspeed conditions), drive train analysis, power generation, anemometer, vibration, and wind vane data analysis.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Introduction –  basic scheme of energy production using wind turbines
  2. Risk assessment – identify and mitigate hazards associated with wind turbines
  3. Drive train – rotor, main shaft, gearbox, high speed shaft, coupling, alignment, brakes, and generator
  4. Control system – pitching mechanism, yaw mechanism, electrical control, anemometer, wind vane, vibration sensors, temperature sensors, ancillary electrical devices
  5. Operations and Maintenance - construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, upgrading, retrofitting, and documentation.