This course was designed to introduce the basic design concepts for small (residential) wind powered electric generation systems. Wind energy systems are one of the most cost-effective home-based renewable energy systems. Depending on your wind resource, a small wind energy system can lower your electricity bill by 50% to 90%, help you avoid the high costs of extending utility power lines to remote locations, prevent power interruptions, and it is nonpolluting. Small wind electric systems can make a significant contribution to our nation’s energy needs.
In 2003, the U.S. wind generating capacity increased by more than 30%. Wind power plants of various size now operate in 32 states with a total generating capacity of 6374 MW of power, enough to meet the energy needs of more than 3 million homes.
The goal of the wind energy industry is to contribute 100 GW of wind electricity to our Nation’s energy supplies by 2020. By meeting that goal, wind energy will help secure our Nation’s energy future and clean up our environment by displacing about 3 quadrillion BTUs of primary energy per year and 65 million metric tons of carbon equivalent per year.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions at the end of this course to obtain PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Review wind power resource classifications
- Review basic parts of a small wind electric system
- Review of Hybrid systems
- Stand alone systems
- Grid Connected systems
- Calculation of potential energy output
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