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WO 101.01 Introduction to Wind Systems Online

Course Description

This six-week online course uses a series of online presentations, webinars, topic resources, assignments, and quizzes to teach the basics of wind electric systems. Participants will learn how to define wind energy and how residential wind energy systems work. This course will provide a basis for making informed decisions about the design, sizing, and siting of wind energy systems.

This course is an online course and will require participants to attend an online webinar for each week of the course.

Course Instructor: 

Clay Sterling and Chris Talbot-Heindl, MREA

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a wind energy system and describe their function
  • Use the wind power equation to generally define proper wind system design and siting, including generator type, tower placement, and tower height
  • Differentiate between wind energy system designs, including collector types, speed control strategies, and tower types and describe their benefits and drawbacks
  • Describe wind energy system types and variations including utility intertie w/o batteries, utility intertie w/ batteries, stand alone, and wind/PV hybrid systems
  • Use local and web-based data sources to define the wind resource in a given area
  • Compare and contrast common wind generators and explain differences between rated and actual energy production
  • Use electrical load, wind resource, and production data to size a wind energy system
  • List and explain system siting strategies used to maximize wind quantity and quality
  • Apply appropriate siting strategies to determine a suitable site for a wind energy system

Recognized CEU's for Licensed Professionals:

  • 6.5 learning units for American Institute of Architects (AIA) - HSW/SD
  • 8.0 credit hours for WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification

Required Materials

  • A computer
  • A phone
  • Basic computer skills
  • Computer browser such as Firefox or Safari (not Internet Explorer) with pop-ups enabled for the course
  • Adobe reader
  • Calculator

Suggested Materials:

About the Online Format

For each module of this course, you will be expected ot work through the materials at your own pace within the time allotted for each module. You will:

  • Watch the presentation
  • Read the topic resources
  • Complete the assignment
  • Take the module survey or quiz
  • Attend a live webinar where you can get reviews and extra help from the instructor

At the end of the course, you will be expected to take the exit survey and quiz for this course. Successful completion of the course will entail that all modules have been completed.

Only successful completion can allow you to move on to the upper level courses.

Webinars will be scheduled via a Doodle poll. The times that work for the most amount of participants will be selected. All webinars will be recorded and can be viewed after the webinar has occured for those who cannot make the assigned webinar time.



Being an Individual Membership gets you $20 off of each course. Not a member, but want to be? Simply go to the membership page to become one.

April 8th, 2013 12:00 AM   through   May 19th, 2013 11:00 PM
1890 Burford Ave
U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center
Room 32
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595
Non MREA Member Price $ 110.00
MREA Member Price $ 90.00

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