Wind Energy, BA

Iowa State University

Wind Energy Minor The wind energy minor is primarily intended for students majoring in engineering or atmospheric sciences, but will be available to all that meet the prerequisites. The minor is comprised of 15 credits, of which 6 are required of all students obtaining the minor. As per the University Catalog, at least 9 credits cannot be used to satisfy any other degree, program or University requirement. Wind Energy is interdisciplinary. There are concepts of wind energy in several departments at ISU. This minor will combine these concepts together for the best benefit of the students. The strategic plans of the university take into consideration the education and training of tomorrow’s workforce to be of primary importance. Wind energy continues to play an increasingly important role in our nation’s energy independence, and this minor will support those students interested in working and supporting this field. Need for Wind Energy Minor Wind energy is a pivotal component of our nation’s future energy portfolio, particularly given the desire to reduce the carbon footprint through the use of renewables. The Midwest region is among the richest wind regions in the nation, with Iowa being the second leading state in the nation as measured by installed wind capacity of 3670 MW, after Texas. The proximity of Iowa to other wind-rich states has influenced many manufacturers to locate here, including Clipper Windpower, TPI Composites, Trinity Towers, Acciona, Siemens, Heartland Energy, NextEra, Availon, and Goian. This minor will help provide this industry (planners, manufacturers, developers, utilities, and maintenance providers) with technical students with the knowledge and understanding of the science, engineering and policy of wind energy. Student Learning Outcomes The objectives of the proposed Minor are to provide a broad understanding of the wind energy industry from component design and manufacturing, electric generation, transmission, and grid operations, to policy. Communicate objectives of a long-term national energy portfolio and how wind energy will contribute to meeting those objectives Understand the wind energy systems and design tradeoffs for the large components (e.g., blade, turbine, tower, and foundation) Manufacturing and supply chain considerations for economic production. Identify problems and potential solutions associated with integrating high wind penetrations into the electric grid. Communicate most significant reliability problems for wind turbines and be conversant with related monitoring technologies and maintenance methods to address them. Identify effects of existing and potential policies on wind energy growth Learning outcomes will be assessed using tests, quizzes, homework and term papers

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Ames, IA

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