Mar 21, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

EL 234 - Wind Power Systems

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide an overview of fundamental concepts necessary to work with wind power systems, including: aerodynamics of wind turbines, wind characteristics and resources, determination of turbine’s power output, design of various sizes wind turbines, power transmission, transformers, generators (ac induction/asynchronous, ac synchronous, ac double fed induction generators, dc generators), wind turbine materials and components, wind turbine siting, interconnection with the utility, off-grid systems, hybrid systems, wind energy economics, environmental aspects and impacts. 

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:


  • apply theoretical electrical, mechanical, and physics concepts to wind power systems; 
  • demonstrate mastery of electrical wind power terminology, symbols, and units;  
  • identify basic components and determine their function in various wind power systems.; and
  • apply basic principles of wind power systems to siting analysis, design, and installation. 

Prerequisites: EL 158, MT 125
Corequisites: EL 202
F/S (N)