Online Courses

MIE 573: Engineering Windpower Systems

 This course was developed over the last thirty years at the Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (RERL, now the Wind Energy Center) at the University of Massachusetts by several faculty members.  In the online version of the course you can learn the fundamentals of energy conversion from wind energy to electricity and its use by society. 

The course covers:

  • aerodynamic analysis
  • mechanical design
  • support structure design
  • wind field analysis
  • system concepts and analysis
  • wind turbine electrical issues
  • controls
  • system integration
  • environmental issues
  • economic considerations

The summer 2017 class starts May 22nd, so register now to secure your spot.  Please contact the instructor, Prof. James Manwell, if you have questions:

Please note that there is also a non-credit version of this course LLWIND15 listed under "Wind" in the course offerings:




MIE 597: Engineering of Offshore Wind Energy Development for Non-Engineers

 [This course is not currently being offered, but may be offered again in the future]

 UMass Amherst's online offshore wind energy course Engineering of Offshore Wind Energy Development for Non-Engineers draws on the experiences of professors James Manwell and Jon McGowan -- authors of the authoritative engineering textbook Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application. The course has been specifically designed for non-engineering students who want to learn about the field of offshore wind energy.

The course covers:

  • Current offshore projects
  • Leasing process
  • Offshore wind resource evaluation
  • External Conditions
  • Siting considerations
  • Turbine components
  • Design considerations
  • Wind farms
  • Transmission
  • Aerodynamics
  • Dynamics
  • Controls
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Grid Integration
  • Decommissioning