Wind Energy & Wind Turbines
Wind Energy and Wind Turbines is an introductory course at the level of
algebra with the use of spread sheets for some analysis.
At the end of the course you should be able to:
- Understand energy and power as it relates to wind resource
and wind turbine energy production.
- Be able to measure (instrumentation) wind parameters and
analyze data and predict energy production.
- Understand operational parameters of wind turbines
(mechanical, electrical, control).
- Size systems and predict performance.
- Understand institutional issues; local, environmental, and
- Caluclate economic values from simple payback to life cycle
Some of you will be taking this course as information for teaching,
others for general information as you are policy makers (primarily
international participants) and some for knowkedge so you can train
users of the technology. I have taught this course a number
of times at WTAMU and have used the book and other materials in
numereous workshops in the US and overseas.
You do not need to buy the CD since the all the material will be online
and you can print material. However, Wind Energy and Wind Turbines, CD
(materials from course given Spring 2002) is available from WTAMU
bookstore. That would save a bunch of printing. Materials online for
2003 will be essentially be the same with some revisions.
Since WEWT CD is sold to the general public, detailed information on
purchasing can be found here
For participants in the area, on a strickly voluntary basis, there will
be tours of the AEI Wind Test Center, USDA Wind Test Facility, and
White Deer wind farm. Your input is needed and welcome.
You are expected to participate in the chat sessions and
Bulletin Board. Questions in the Bulletin Board and the
discussion will be an integral part of the course.
Participants that have signed up for a certificate will not need to do
|Project (paper, web preferred)
Notes to Students
instructor is fallible and not any smarter than you. Remember you are
at the prime of ability for intellectual endeavors. YOUR EFFORTS ARE
THE KEY. I will also be learning from you.
B. WEB BASED
This is a web based course, but it is not self paced because due dates
are structured. This means the students are doing the work with the
instructor providing guidance. Username and password for the course
will be issued after payment of fees.
Chat sessions are for exchanging information, asking questions with
response from instructor, other students, and possibility guest
Bulletin Board is for answering questions posted by the instructor
. You can not change your answer or change others
answers. Bulletin Board is also for comments by the students
and other interested participants. We will probably be requesting
comments from international advisors.
You will be assigned 2-5 problems (different set) at the end of the
Chapters. Each problem will have a value of 1.0. Assignments
and solutions will be posted. The easiest way to send in assignments is
by using the File Upload tool. I have MS Office and MacLink Plus. If in
doubt save assignment as rich text format, filename.rtf. Also MS Word
has an equation editor. If only using word processing, ^ can be used to
MATERIAL OF INTEREST, INTERESTING LINKS
I want your comments and suggestions, especially on links. Send by
coursemail. We are using Netscape Communicator for composing web
pages. Also send your comments and suggestions about the
online aspect of the course. If you have ideas for graphics and even
video clips which would help in understanding the material, please send
them or send me coursemail.
West Texas A & M University seeks to provide reasonable
accommodations for all qualified persons with disabilities.
This University will adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local
laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable
accommodations as required to afford equal educational
opportunity. It is the student's responsibility to register
with the Disability Support Services and to contact the faculty member
in a timely fashion to arrange for suitable accommodations.
I appreciate all the students that have previously taken this course
and participants in workshops, along with many other people chasing the
reality of sustainable energy, especially those in wind
energy. Jan Spears entered the book in Composer in
1998. Some material will be updated as we go along, so notice
the date of last revision for each chapter. A hugh hunk of
credit goes to Academic Services and the staff and students who