Checking date: 08/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Wind energy
Study: Bachelor in Engineering Physics (363)

Coordinating teacher: SANTOS MARTIN, DAVID

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
All first and second year subjects. Among them, Electrical Power Engineering Fundamentals is of utmost importance. Furthermore, it is desirable to have followed "Electric Power Generation" in the first term of the third year.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Students who successfully complete this course will be able: - to summarize the history of modern wind turbines justifying the current technology development. Moreover, students should employ the exact components terminology for the most common applications including, large onshore and offshore schemes as well as small wind turbines. - to compute the basic wind measurement statistics and understand the resource assessment process. - to understand and use the fundamental physics equations that allow to convert wind energy into mechanical and electrical energy. - to describe all wind turbines types and justify their main characteristics. Moreover, students should understand the main mathematical models for the most relevant types, with special emphasis on the different control strategies. - to identify the main wind turbine manufacturers, as well as to properly analyse and compare their technical specifications. - to understand the main impact from high penetration levels of wind energy, and the main aspects of the grid codes developed to mitigate them. - to understand results from dedicated software packages that model wind turbines for economic assessment or power systems analysis. - develop the capacity to work in a team and promote creative team interaction to encourage contribution from all members so as to deliver specific engineering projects and assignments
Description of contents: programme
1- Introduction - History of the wind energy development - Wind energy statitistics - Current manufacturers and WT models - Wind power myths 2- Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines - Wind Speed - Impact of Friction and Height on Wind Speed - Air Density - WT Blades - Angle of Attack - Relative Wind Speed - Pitch Angle - Coefficient of Performance - Tip-Speed Ratio - Blade Power - Separation of WTs 3- Wind Statistics - Average Variance and Standard Deviation - Cumulative Distribution Function - Probability Density Function - Weibull Distribution Function - Rayleigh Distribution Function - Dependency and Repeatability - Cross-Correlation 4- Overview of Wind Turbines - Classification of Wind Turbines - Alignment of Rotating Axis - Types of Generators - Speed of Rotation - Power Conversion - Control Actions - Types of Wind Turbines - Type 1 Wind Turbine - Type 2 Wind Turbine - Type 3 Wind Turbine - Type 4 Wind Turbine 5- Wind turbine components - Aerodynamic - Mechanical - Generators - Power electronics 6- Type 1 Wind Turbine System - Equivalent Circuit for the Squirrel-Cage Induction Generator - Power Flow - Electric Torque - Maximum Power - Maximum Torque - Assessment of Type 1 System - Control and Protection of Type 1 System - Reactive Power of Type 1 System - Inrush Current - Turbine Stability 7- Type 2 Wind Turbine System - Equivalent Circuit of Type 2 Generator - Real Power - Electric Torque - Assessment of Type 2 System - Control and Protection of Type 2 System - Inrush Current - Turbine Stability 8- Type 3 Wind Turbine System - Equivalent Circuit - Simplified Model - Power Flow - Apparent Power Flow through rotor side converter - Apparent Power Flow through stator side converter - Speed Control - Protection of Type 3 Systems - Electrical Protection - Electromechanical Protection 9- Type 4 Wind Turbine - Full Converter - Power Flow - Real Power Control - Reactive Power Control - Protection - Chopper System - Dynamic Resistance 10- Grid Integration - System stability - Low-Voltage Ride-Through Compliance Techniques - Variability of the Wind Power Production - Uncertainty of Wind Speed - Variability of Wind Power Output - Wind turbine reactive power control 11- Economics of Wind Energy
Learning activities and methodology
The learning methodology consists of: - lectures covering the most important topics defined in the course program. - solving problems proposed in quizzes. - simple problem solving sessions focused on practical situations. There will be 3 laboratory sessions and will be solved with the use of specific software packages.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Alois Schaffarczyk (Editor). Understanding Wind Power Technology: Theory, Deployment and Optimisation. Wiley. 2014
  • By Mohamed A. El-Sharkawi. Wind Energy: An Introduction. CRC Press. 2015

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.