Wind Energy Basics: A Renewable Energy Certificate Course

Please note: Course is offered at the beginning of every month. You may sign up for it at any time, and your course will begin the first day of the upcoming month.
Who Should Attend
This course is ideal for all energy professionals who have an interest in wind energy operations, ranging from small use-specific operations to large contributors to the regional grid. Individuals and companies interested in integrating energy generation from multiple sources (wind, oil and gas, etc.) will find the information very useful for adding revenue sources and increasing efficiency.

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Define key aspects of the growing wind industry, including different locations and scales of production.
  • Describe the current use of wind energy.
  • Identify and list past and current incentives for using and producing wind energy.
  • Recognize companies developing and investing in wind energy, as well as estimate the business benefits of such investments.
  • Identify the scientific fundamentals of the exploration, development, and distribution of wind power.
  • Describe the scientific, technological, and business components of wind energy, e.g., turbine manufacturing and installation, wind farm management, purchasing and distribution of wind energy.
  • Cite current applications of wind power in the energy industry.
  • Discuss and analyze case studies involving the integration of wind power and non-renewable sources of energy.
  • Devise methods for the integration of wind power in order to anticipate future changes in the energy market.
Course Content

Wind Energy Basics is an online course that enables participants to review, analyze, and evaluate opportunities in the rapidly expanding market for wind energy. In addition to gaining a working knowledge of the scientific, technological, and business aspects of wind energy, participants will also learn techniques for the integration of wind energy and existing non-renewable resources on both a large-scale production level and smaller-scale use in commercial and public structures. The course blends theory and practice, and culminates with a project requiring the learner to develop a step-by-step plan for a wind energy installation.

With direct contact with your professor, who will answer questions and review your work via e-mail, you will have a chance to learn about wind energy in a personalized setting. Resources will include texts, articles, podcasts, presentations, and video. You may also have an opportunity to interact with other professionals in the field who will be available for your questions. A discussion board will be available for interaction with peers.

This course is part of a 5-course series: Certificate in Renewable Energy. The goal of the series of courses, and the Renewable Energy program is to equip earth scientists with knowledge to enable them to take the lead in integrated energy projects and programs. An earth scientist’s unique training and understanding of the big picture — the global picture — provides unmatched abilities to design, oversee, and promote integrated energy solutions which require bringing together fossil energy, geothermal, solar, wind, biomass, and others.

  • Unit 1 (Week 1): Scientific and Technology
  • Unit 2 (Week 2): Exploration and Development
  • Unit 3 (Week 3): Investment Models and Benefits
  • Unit 4 (Week 4): Integration Techniques
Course Structure

This course is designed to be equivalent to a 3 credit-hour graduate-level seminar. It is a 4-week online course which consists of 4 one-week units that involve readings, multimedia, guiding questions, and assignments for you to do and to email to your instructor. You will receive feedback from your instructor, and upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate. As part of our five-course Certificate in Renewable Energy program, if you complete this course as well as the others, you will receive 5 course certificates and a program certificate.

Required Work: For each unit, one research project and a short paper that builds on results of the research project, for a total of four brief research projects and four papers.

Core Text Suggestions
  • Ackerman, Thomas. Wind Power in Power Systems. Indianapolis, Indiana: Wiley Publishing, 2005.
  • Gipe, Paul. Wind Power. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Press, 2004.
  • Wizelius, Tore. Developing Wind Power Projects: Theory and Practice. London: Earthscan Publications Limited, 2007.

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Expires on
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