Leonard Greer, PE, CEM, LEED AP O+M
181-Introduction to Small-Scale Wind Project Design
Course Objectives: 1. Summarize common terminology of the different types of wind turbines, as well as their relative merits and shortcomings.
2. Use the ‘Fundamental Equation of Wind Power’ for realistic back-of-the-envelope power output projections and identifying practical limitations.
3. Familiarization with the nature (but not the detailed mathematics) of typical wind distribution regimes, such as the Weibull and Raleigh distributions.
4. Cognizance of wind energy project planning issues and show-stoppers, which if initially overlooked, could result in project cancellations.
This course covers the fundamentals of Wind Power technology, providing a practical "quick study" to those who need to (or desire to) become knowledgeable on this topic. Professional Engineers often find that they themselves need to "get real smart, real quick" on wind power, since it is not unusual that they are often the first to be asked by a client or employer to assess if more energy, time, or money should be devoted to investigating the feasibility of a proposed wind project.
By successfully completing this course, you should be comfortable performing fundamental wind energy projections with the sparse and incomplete data often available during preliminary project discussions, as well as become cognizant of pit-falls and show-stoppers that plague initial forays into this field. The goal is to equip the student so he or she will be able to provide a technically-sound reply when asked if a proposed wind power project warrants further evaluation at some additional effort or expense.
Future Courses by Leonard Greer, PE, CEM, LEED AP O+M
- Energy Engineering Overseas — Matching US Energy codes to European requirements
- Updates of LEED requirements for existing buildings — Incorporating version 4, which was just released in November, 2013
- Energy Audits of Commercial/Government Businesses