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An Introduction to Wind Energy

This class is tailored for those interested in developing a general knowledge of wind energy systems, design basics, wind energy economics and electrical grid integration needs. Increase your understanding for both commercial scale wind energy systems versus smaller distributed installation. Topics for discussion include wind resource assessments, estimating energy output, energy forecasting and economics of deploying wind. Participants also examine the recent Hawai‘i Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) and Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative along with sustaining wind power for the islands.

Topics include:


    • How wind turbines have evolved over the past 30 years

    • How do wind turbines produce energy? a) aerodynamics b) turbine components
    • How and when energy can be produced from the wind a) modeling b) measurements c) economics

    • What are the wind integration concerns?

    • Wind development experiences in Hawai‘i

    Course Information:

    Apr 30 • Sat • 9:00am-4:00pm • 1 mtg • UHM Holmes 244 • $50 (General), $40 (Student), includes handouts and wind data on CD • Pre-requisite: basic high school algebra • Brown bag lunch suggested
    with Dora Nakafuji, Anthony Kuh
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