Wind Farms

This module aims at providing knowledge about the wide area of technology that is needed for persons working in the wind farm industry. It covers all aspects of wind farms including offshore, nearshore and onshore operations. The basic principles of wind farm layout are described along with an introduction to site analysis and mesoscale sources. The student will learn how to determine the ideal location for a wind farm and the purpose of environmental impact assessments. This module also introduces the student to collector substations, switchgear, and collector feeders.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Define the term wind farm
  • Explain the purpose of a collector system
  • Differentiate between offshore, nearshore and onshore
  • List three ideal locations for a wind farm
  • Describe the purpose of environmental impact assessments
  • Name two types of onshore foundations
  • Differentiate between array and export cables
  • Explain the basic principle of wind farm layout
  • Describe the operation of a collector substation
  • Compare overcurrent protection and overload protection
  • Explain the purpose of switchgear and collector feeders
  • Name two types of ground fault protection devices
  • Describe the purpose of an ICN and list its sub-networks
  • Define the term Open Platform Communication
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