Modern Wind Turbines (Bachelor)

The “Modern Wind Turbines” module provides an introduction to wind energy engineering and technology, beginning with the fundamental working principles of harnessing wind power. In addition, each individual wind turbine component is presented with reference to its functions and particular features. Finally, the design and operational management of modern wind turbines are addressed. Practical exercises involve solving various tasks designed to reinforce the knowledge communicated in the lecture.

Note: This module is primarily aimed at undergraduates studying Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering. It is also available via the international master’s courses in Electrical Engineering and Computational Science and Engineering. Accordingly, the module is taught in either German or English, whereby the relevant decision is taken during the first 2 weeks after the start of the course.

At a Glance

  • The history of harnessing wind power – why do most modern wind turbines have three rotor blades?
  • The fundamental physics of wind power utilisation
  • Machine engineering concepts in wind turbine systems
  • Onshore and offshore wind turbines
  • The wind turbine as an architectural structure - tower and foundations
  • The wind turbine as a power plant - generators, frequency converters, connecting to the power grid
  • Regulation, operational management, and safety
  • Standards, guidelines and certification
  • The industrial development and production of wind turbines
  • Wind farm planning
  • The economic aspects of wind power utilisation
Illustration of the nacelle of a modern wind turbine and its component parts.
The nacelle of a modern wind turbine and its component parts.

Dates and Rooms

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil.
Uwe Ritschel
Date: Monday, 11:00-12:30
Room: Raum 111 - Seminargebäude,
A.-Einstein-Str. 2
Lecturer: M.Sc. Robert Wustmann
Date: Group 1:
Wednesday, 09:00-10:30

Group 2:
Wednesday, 15:00-16:30
Room: III/109 (PC-Pool),
Albert-Einstein-Str. 2

Course documentation and task sheets for the exercises can be downloaded from Stud.IP.

Additional up-to-date information about the courses of this module can be found at the LSF (lecture, exercise).

You'll find this module in Stud.IP and in the LSF under Course No. 21039.

Overview of the lectures