The main objective of the Program Wind Energy Systems is capacity building in the field of wind energy for research and industry with the experience of wind power research conducted by a unique education alliance: the University of Kassel, Germany’s leading University for sustainability as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, part of Europe's leading research institute Fraunhofer.
Studying Wind Energy Systems in Kassel is highly flexible: We educate people on a higher educational level in different scopes and in several areas of competences. Therefore, besides studying the complete master program Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems, also seven Certificates of Advanced Studies are offered. These certificates enable our participants to study specific certificates with a different focus on wind energy systems.
Methods and technology innovations will be developed problem-oriented in learning alliances with the industry and with a focus on practical examples close to Fraunhofer research projects. Concrete and practical basic modules and individual specialization modules are part of the student-oriented curriculum.
Overview of the Certificates
- Type of course: Online learning course
- Qualification: Certificate of the Univerisity of Kassel, Germany, in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE)
- Dates: Application deadline winter semester: 1st October
- Language of instruction: English
- Course contents:
- Module 1: Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems
- Module 2: Electrical Engineering of Wind Energy Systems
- Module 3: Computational Wind Energy Systems
- Module 4: Integration of Wind Power in the Electricity Supply System
- Module 5: Fluid Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems
- Module 6: Structural Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems
- Module 7: Wind Energy Converter Systems
- How the course is organized: 100% online; all certificates have a scope of 30 credits.
- Admission requirements: The minimum entry requirements are a Bachelor, diploma or equivalent degree in relevant natural and engineering sciences (180 credits)
- Course fee: €6,000 per certificate
- Additional information: All modules of the certificates are accredited by the ASIIN.
Module 1: Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems
The certificate 'Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems' provides a strong fundamental knowledge to understand economically and ecologically efficient wind energy transformation and to design new wind turbines or components of wind turbines beyond the state-of-the-art of wind engineering. Besides the primary improvement of fundamental engineering knowledge, this certificate also serves as a basis for more technical or methodological oriented certificates or for studying the complete 'Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems' program.
Module 2: Electrical Engineering of Wind Energy Systems
This certificate 'Electrical Engineering of Wind Energy Systems' deal with the main components of the electrical system. Issues like how to design, control and operate the electrical system in a wind energy converter will be treated. In this context questions are answered regarding the technical challenges and boundary conditions for the design and how does it interchange with the drive train and the whole wind energy converter system and the wind farm.
Important: Basic knowledge in Matlab and in control engineering (Regelungstechnik) are recommended. The Electrical Engineering module should be assigned at the beginning of the certificate.
Module 3: Computational Wind Energy Systems
Studying the certificate 'Computational Wind Energy Systems' requires the successful completion of the certificate 'Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems'. It provides a profound knowledge of computational methods used for the static and dynamic analysis of wind energy converters and the surrounding wind and water flows on an expert level. The goal of the certificate is not only to enable engineers to apply existing commercial software packages of structural and fluid mechanics in a sophisticated manner as the basis for reliable prognoses of the mechanical behavior of wind turbines but also to improve the quality of numerical methods and to develop more realistic models of wind energy systems. These aspects are fundamental ingredients for the engineering optimization of state-of-the-art wind turbines and their future innovative designs with higher energy efficiency, lifetime, degree of capacity utilization and robustness with regard to extreme load cases.
Module 4: Integration of Wind Power in the Electricity Supply System
The fluctuation of wind power and the more decentralized production of wind power require complex solutions for successful grid integration. The certificate 'Integration of Wind Power in the Electricity Supply System' gives you the opportunity to study the increasingly important issue of the integration of wind power into the power supply system. The certificate focuses on technical, administrative and legal barriers and challenges which are to be considered for successful integration of wind power and other renewable energy and conventional technologies into the grid.
Module 5: Fluid Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems
Studying the certificate 'Fluid Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems' will provide a profound knowledge of master level mathematics and fluid mechanics as well as computational methods used for the fluid mechanical analysis of wind energy converters for stationary and transient cases on an expert level. Furthermore, strong knowledge about the aerodynamics of rotor blades will be facilitated. The goal of the certificate is not only to enable engineers to apply existing commercial software packages of computational fluid mechanics in a sophisticated manner as the basis for reliable prognoses of the fluid flow around wind turbines but also to improve the quality of numerical methods and to develop more realistic models of wind energy systems. These aspects are fundamental ingredients for the engineering optimization of state-of-the-art wind turbines and their future innovative designs with higher energy efficiency, lifetime, degree of capacity utilization and robustness with regard to extreme load cases.
Module 6: Structural Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems
Studying the certificate will provide knowledge of classical, current and future numerical methods for the solution of advanced mechanical models of wind turbine structures and structural components. Engineers will be familiar with the interpretation of stress states in different materials and the consequences for structural safety and lifetime of wind turbines. The goal of the certificate is to recognize which combinations of models and numerical methods can be efficiently and trustworthily applied for special kinds of structural analyses. Also, engineers will be familiar with the limitations of the models and numerical methods and they will overcome these limitations by writing their own partial programs for special tasks in their professional career.
Module 7: Wind Energy Converter Systems
The certificate 'Wind Energy Converter Systems' is focused on engineering, planning and managing aspects of wind turbine technology, wind turbines, and wind farms. It provides knowledge about classical and recently developed wind turbine components. Design and analysis methods for modern on- and offshore foundations, towers, rotor blades, and nacelle systems will be taught. Modules about planning, management, administration of wind turbines and wind parks will complete the profile of project responsible wind engineers.