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Introduction offshore wind

2 day course

Introduction offshore wind

In this two-day course participants will gain insight into the complete offshore wind energy playing field, from technical engineering aspects to the political and societal context.

13 and 14 March 2019
26 and 27 June 2019
4 and 5 December 2019
€ 1500,00 excl. VAT

Course Content

Learning to speak a common language and understanding every aspect of this rapidly growing industry is of great importance for a fruitful and economically viable future. In this two-day course participants will gain insight into the complete offshore wind energy playing field. This course also covers the influencing aspects of wind energy technology. Furthermore, besides the focus on technical and engineering aspects, political and social influences are also regarded.

To hand over this knowledge the lectures will focus on theory, industry practice and lessons learned from the experts in this field. These lectures will be accompanied by four practical cases in which the gained knowledge will immediately be put into practice. The cases will include calculating the energy yield of a wind turbine, creating a simple monopile design, building a small-scale wind turbine and eventually constructing a complete offshore wind farm in our lab.

This course and its material are written and given entirely in English, however if all participants are Dutch, it is possible to give the lectures in Dutch. 

Target Audience

This course has been developed for professionals working in the offshore wind industry for 0-3 years. It is designed for participants with BSc diploma or a higher education, or for professionals with 5 years of relevant experience in similar industries. It is effective for junior technology specialists in a single competence field to obtain an overview of the entire scope of offshore wind. Furthermore, generalists from a banking, insurance and environmental background who successfully completed this course  gained valuable insights into the technology behind offshore wind. 

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehending what wind is and how it can be used to generate electricity
  • Understanding the effect of policy and societal needs in the development of offshore wind energy
  • Calculating the energy yield of a wind turbine at an arbitrary location
  • Understanding the principles and parameters in the design of an offshore wind turbine support structure
  • Gaining insight into the life cycle of a typical wind farm including design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance



Day 1

Aerodynamics and Society

The first day will include the societal and political aspects of the offshore wind industry. Furthermore, the aerodynamics of the wind turbine and the process behind the production of energy from wind will be discussed. This will be followed by cases where participants will calculate the annual energy yield of an arbitrary turbine at an arbitrary location and the assemble and test a miniature wind turbine.

Day 2

Support Structures and Life Cycle

The second day of this course will focus on the methodology behind keeping the turbine in place. An introduction into the design of a wind turbine support structure will be covered, as well as an elaboration on the life cycle of a wind turbine and wind farm. For this second day, the cases will include the simplified design of a wind turbine support structure and the construction of a miniature wind farm in our lab.