The Wind Energy (WE) course reviews the wind industry and its drivers and covers wind turbine technologies, theory of operation, feasibility factors and includes environmental impact assessments and essential economics.

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) has assembled the Wind Energy (WE) Short Learning Programme that is held in Port Elizabeth at the NMMU .

The Wind Energy (WE) course covers a brief history of wind energy, current state of the industry and industry drivers. In addition, predominant wind turbine technologies, theory of operation, electro-mechanical and aerodynamic principles are discussed. The fundamentals of electrical power quality, grid integration and wind energy facility development process and methodologies, including wind resource assessment. Feasibility factors such as energy capture calculation, environmental impact assessment, grid studies and essential economics will also be covered.

Daily tests are written, with an examination on the final day resulting in the awarding of the appropriate achievement certificate.

Module 1: Introduction

  • Short historical review
  • Global energy
  • Wind energy today (globally)
  • Wind energy in South Africa
  • Potential in South Africa

Module 2&3: Technology

  • Definitions: Power and Energy, Capacity Factor, Energy Penetration, etc.
  • Wind turbine technology
  • Turbine types
  • Basic principles of energy conversion
  • Aerodynamics
  • Control concepts
  • Blades and rotors
  • Drive trains and generators
  • Power curves
  • Certification and turbine class
  • Trends & major players

Module 4: Wind Resources

  • Meteorology
  • Wind resource assessment (Methods, Concepts, Analysis)
  • Turbine selection

Module 5: Project Development

  • Project Development Process (Process for home system, Summary of process for wind farm)
  • Wind Farm Design Process
  • Wind Resource Assessment: Energy Capture
  • Introduction to Section 6: Grid Integration and Managing Variability (Wind Variability, Power Quality, Isolated Systems)
Module 6: Grid Connection

  • Wind variability
  • Isolated systems
  • Turbine power-trains and Power quality
  • Large scale grid integration (Some network management definitions, Reserve capacity, Phases of penetration, Residual load, Capacity credit and margins, Value of wind in the grid, Cost of variability)
  • High penetration
  • South African network

Module 7: Socio Economic

  • Financial close in the project development process
  • Development and Technical Cost drivers (Turbine costs, Installation costs, Operation & maintenance costs)
  • Cost of Energy
  • Markets
  • Externalities, Energy Payback and Carbon
  • Socio-Economic Development

Module 8: Socio Environmental

  • EIAs
  • Legislation approvals
  • Development approvals

Candidates will have an understanding of the wind energy market, latest technologies, and grid and environmental considerations.

  • From beginner level for information to experienced persons wishing to learn more about wind energy in South Africa.
  • Persons that have to find ways of saving energy and provide alternative means of energy solutions.
  • Consultants, engineers, technicians, renewable energy company employees, students, and any persons interested in the latest information regarding wind energy.

5 days of class-based training

Daily revision tests will be written
A 90 minute examination on the last day of training

Training Costs*

R10 700.00 (Excl. VAT)

Includes: 5-day day training course programme, examination, electronic manual, lunch, tea and coffees
Course Duration: 5 days of training
Examination: A 90-minute voluntary examination can be written on the next day or a later date – subject to pre-application and registration. This is additional to the course duration days

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Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)

4 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for ECSA requirements.

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

7.2 credits for Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) demonstration to re-certify on another AEE certification program.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

Certificate of Completion – Examination pass of 50%
Certificate of Completion Distinction – Examination pass of 75%

Terms and conditions

1. First paid first served policy applies for booking security.

2. Booking security requires the following to be received six (6) working days prior to the commencement of the course:

A. Full payment with proof of payment supplied.

B. A deposit of 25% with proof of payment supplied.

C. A purchase order for the full amount of the invoice.

3. Fees include coffee/tea/juice on arrival, mid-morning coffee/tea with pastries, mid-afternoon coffee/tea with biscuits, and lunch. For training the fee includes the text books and course fee. For examinations the fee includes the examination fee, marking fee, certification application fee, and 1 year membership of AEE for successful candidates.

4. It is the responsibility of the candidate attending the course to arrange their own travel, accommodation, breakfast and dinner.

5. Policy on international candidates

A. Invoices exclude withholding and country-specific taxes. Should these be leveraged by your country government, we reserve the right to invoice the responsible entity/person to recoup the costs.

B. VAT is payable for candidates attending training in South African borders, this may be claimed on departure from South Africa using the tax invoice.

6. Policy on cancellations

A. Cancellations received within five (5) working days prior to the first day of training will carry a 25% cancellation fee. No course material will be supplied.

B. Cancellations received six (6) working days prior to the first day of training will receive a full refund.

7. Policy on accounts not in good standing

A. The candidate in attendance at the course ultimately remains responsible for payment of the outstanding account and providing the proof of payment thereof.

B. In the event that a candidate, or the candidate’s organisation is not in good standing with us we reserve the right to withhold:

– Certificates of Attendance
– Course Attendance Registers
– Issuing of ECSA CPD credits
– Examination Results
– AEE Certification Application and/or Renewal Submissions
– AEE Certification Certificates
– Listing on the AEE website

8. The Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) is a division of Energy Cybernetics (Pty) Ltd and the invoice will be made out by Energy Cybernetics.

9. Right of Admission Reserved.