In Small Wind Powered Electric Generation Systems , you'll learn ...
- Important considerations to make when selecting and purchasing a small wind electric system
- The basic components of a small wind electric system
- How to calculate the power and estimate the performance of a wind turbine
- The relative benefits of stand-alone, grid-connected, and hybrid systems
Credit: 2 PDH
Length: 19 pages
This course introduces the basic design concepts for small wind powered electric generation systems. Small wind energy systems are nonpolluting and one of the most cost-effective renewable energy systems. Depending on the wind resource, small wind energy systems can lower electricity bills by 50% to 90%, as well as prevent power interruptions and help reduce the high costs of extending utility power lines to remote locations.
In 2003, the U.S. wind generating capacity increased by more than 30%. Wind power plants of various sizes 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. Small wind electric systems can make a significant contribution to our nation's energy needs.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Certificate of Completion
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 15 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Wind power resource classifications
- The basic parts of a small wind electric system
- Hybrid systems
- Stand-alone systems
- Grid-connected systems
- How to calculate potential energy output
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