WIND 1300
Introduction to Wind Energy

Western Texas College

  1. Course Information
    1. Course Description:   Provides a basic understanding of the wind energy industry, turbine architecture, applications to meteorology, wind farm development, law and policy, and introduction to other renewable sources.
    2. Prerequisites:  No prerequisites exist except to be able to read and write on the college level. This class is reading and writing intensive.
    3. Required grade for enrolling in the next course in this sequence:  None
    4. Students must receive a letter grade of a C to be able to enroll in WE 3300 – Wind Energy Science and Technology I at Texas Tech University.
  2. Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Students will identify wind turbine components, explain the architecture of a wind turbine, and demonstrate knowledge of basic energy and wind energy history.
    2. Students will understand the basic meteorology principles of wind energy and be able to execute wind speed extrapolations.
    3. Students will understand the wind farm development modeling and designing process and determine the impact of wake effect on wind farm performance from a financial view.
    4. Students will define other renewable energy sources, understand the principles behind the other renewable sources, and make appropriate comparisons in regards to growth of technologies and installed capacity.
    5. Students will gain knowledge of environmental laws and issues, land owner considerations, and polices of wind energy worldwide.
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. Campus/Online
      1. The Final exam must be proctored by your professor or an approved testing organization.  (Ask you instructor for more details.)
      2. Students are allowed to use their book and notes while taking their quizzes, Mid-term and Final exam.
      3. Students are allowed to use a calculator on quizzes, Mid-term, and Final exam that are TI-84 and lower.
      4. All quizzes, Mid-terms and Final exams are timed.
    2. Course Requirements
      1. Campus/Online
      2. There will be a mid-term exam.
      3. There will be a comprehensive final exam.
      4. There will two project-based learning activities.
      5. A portion of the students grade is tied to participation and attendance
  4. Information on Books and Other Course Materials
    1. Required Book:  Wind Energy Essentials: Societal, Economic, and Environmental Impacts by Richard Walker and Andrew Swift ISBN: 978-1-118-87789-0
    2. Calculators: Students will need a calculator that is capable of performing log calculations.
    3. Software:Student will need to be able to download Openwind, which is an open source software for wind farm development.
  5. Grading Breakdown:
    1. Campus /Online







      Projects (10% each)




      Final exam


  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity - Students will come to class prepared to participate in the learning process and that part of this preparation will include the demonstration of mature and purposeful behavior. The College Code of Conduct and College Academic Integrity Policies will be followed with no exceptions.
    6. Students with disabilities - As perOP 34.22, any student who, because of a disability, may require special arrangements in order to meet the course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make any necessary arrangements.  Students should present appropriate verification from Student Disability Services during the instructor’s office hours.  Please note instructors are not allowed to provide classroom accommodations to a student until appropriate verification from Student Disability Services has been provided. 
  7. Course Content


Lecture Topics

Background and architecture History of Wind Energy
Architecture of Wind Turbines- generators & blades
Build wind turbines
Evolution of  Modern Turbine Technology
Build wind turbines
What is Wind Energy?
Basic of Energy and Electricity
Test wind turbines
Meteorology Basic Meteorology
Micro Meteorology
Meteorology Equipment
(Met Tower Visit)
Wind Speed Extrapolation- Power Law & Log /Wind Power Engineering
Wind Farm Development Modeling and Wind Flow Modeling
Wake Effect
 Wind Farm design, planning, and design
Begin wind farm optimization project
Economics and financing
Finish wind farm optimization project
Other Renewable sources  Other renewable energy sources-
(solar, hydro, geothermal & biomass)
Offshore wind energy
Law and Policy Environmental laws and issues
Land owner considerations
US Policy-20% by 2030 & Wind Vision
Foreign Policy



Last Modified: August 25, 2017