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ENVE6002 - Wind Energy Systems 1

Title:Wind Energy Systems 1
Long Title:Wind Energy Systems 1
Module Code:ENVE6002
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Environmental Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 8 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: KEVIN DAVIS
Module Description: An introduction to wind energy resource assessment and the turbine technologies used to convert this resource to electrical energy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Measure and analyse the wind resource potential for a given site
LO2 Explain the site and measurement instrument characteristics that impact wind speed and wind direction measurement
LO3 Examine wind turbine datasheets to select an appropriate turbine for a given application
LO4 Describe basic aerodynamic theory of wind turbine operation and control
LO5 Calculate the economic payback period of a wind energy system
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Wind Resource
Physical characteristics of the wind. Deriving available wind power (AWP). The characteristics of instruments used to measure wind speed and direction. Analysing raw wind data (Wind Rose, Wind Speed Duration Curve, Wind Speed Distribution Charts) Wind shear (Power Law and Log Law)
Turbine Technology
Classification of wind turbines. The turbine power curve. Betz Limit. Aerofoils and wind turbine aerodynamics. Impact of drive train design on electrical output. Tip Speed Ratio. Rotor speed controls to maximise energy capture.Turbine construction.
Economic of Wind Energy Systems
Capital costs. Operation and Maintenance Costs. Tariffs for generated electricity.Economic analysis methods (simple payback method and Net Present Value method).
Wind Farm Design and Planning
Wind Farm design process. Wind Atlas. Measure-Correlate-Predict technique. Environmental impacts (Visual impact, noise, Avian/Bat interaction,CO2 reduction, Land-use). Design Software
Single Dwelling Wind Turbines
Planning laws in Ireland. Selecting a turbine using datasheets. Options for using generated electrical energy. Carrying out an energy audit in a dwelling. Electrical system design.
Wind Energy Applications
Standalone and Grid Connected applications. Offshore wind energy systems. Hybrid Power Systems
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Calculations on wind resource and wind turbine power output 1,2,3 30.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions An examination of wind turbine design features that impact on the viability of wind energy systems. 4 40.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Computer based laboratory examination on wind energy systems 1,3,5 30.0 Week 11
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab 5 instructed laboratories, followed by one lab exam. 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Lecture Standard lecture hours 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Home work and library 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Paul A. Lynn, 2012, Onshore and Offshore Wind Energy [ISBN: 9780470976081]
  • Gary L. Johnson 2002, Wind Energy Systems
  • edited by Godfrey Boyle 2004, Renewable energy [ISBN: 0-19-926178-4]
  • Manwell J.F., McGowan J.G. and Rogers A.L. 2002, Wind Energy Explained - Theory, Design and Application., Wiley
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mukund R. Patel 2006, Wind and solar power systems, Taylor & Francis Boca Raton, FL [ISBN: 0-8493-1570-0]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBENS_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Energy Systems 4 Mandatory
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 3 Mandatory
CR_EBSEN_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Building Services Engineering 4 Mandatory
CR_EENEN_7 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 2 Elective
CR_EENEN_8 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 1 Elective
CR_EENEN_8 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 2 Elective
CR_ESUSE_6 Certificate in Introduction to Sustainable Energy 2 Mandatory
CR_EBSEN_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Building Services Engineering 4 Mandatory

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