Wind Energy Engineering

Basic competence: Electrical Engineering

As electric engineer you ensure the transformation from mechanical into electrical energy, design the grid connection and you are involved in control design.

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Competence Area

Electrical Energy Conversion and Grid Connection

Selection rules

Overview: selection rules
  Comprehensive studies: 40 ± 2 CP
Depending on basic competence
Mandatory Module: 32 CP
Elective Module: 8 +- 2 CP
From that up to 5 CP Studium generale
Master’s degree
120 CP
Professional Specialisation: 40 ± 2 CP
Depending on specialisation
Mandatory Module: 22 +- 2 CP
Elective Module: 22 +- 4 CP
From that other competence areas up to 10 CP
  Scientific work: 40 CP Project work: 10 CP
Master thesis: 30 CP

Interdisciplinary Modules

Selection rules: Interdisciplinary Modules
Master’s degree
120CP
Comprehensive studies: 40 ± 2 LP
Depending on basic competence
Mandatory Module: 32 CP
Elective Module: 8 ± 2 CP
From that up to 5 CP Studium generale 5 CP
Mandatory Modules: Electrical Engineering
Comprehensive studies Electrical Engineering  
        S/W CP
Wind Energy Wind Energy Technology I     w 6
Wind Energy Technology II     s 6
Civil Engineering Basic Principles of Structural Engineering I     s 6
Dynamics of Structures     s 6
Mechincal Engineering Product Design and Manufacturing III     s 4
Fluid Dynamics I     w 4
Elective Modules: Electrical Engineering
Comprehensive studies Electrical Engineering  
        S/W LP
Civil Engineering Soil Mechanics and Foundations     w 6
Project and Contract Management     s 6
Concrete Construction     s 6
Steel Construction     s 6
Electrical Engineering Control of Wind Energy Turbines     s 6
Mechanical Engineering Engineering Dynamics and Vibrations     w 4
Engineering Mechanics IV     s 5
Studium generale Key competences / useful complements to your studies        

Scientific work

Selection rules: Scientific work
Master’s degree
120 CP
Scientific work: 40 CP Project work: 10 CP
Master thesis: 30 CP
Project work and Master thesis
Scientific work Project work   10CP
Master thesis   30CP
As part of your study a scientific research project (10 LP) and master’s thesis is mandatory. Both projects can be realized in cooperation with industrial companies at home and abroad.

Competence Area: Electrical Energy Conversion and Grid Connection

Following the mechanical energy conversion of the wind conducted by the rotor and powertrain the electrical energy conversion must be taken care of. Depending on the turbine concept different generator types can be utilised in combination with converters to assure a variable speed operation of the turbine. As an electrical engineer you are also responsible for the grid connection design and therefore ensure that consumer is supplied with electrical energy regardless of whether is was produced on- or offshore. Besides of being in charge of the electrical energy conversion you are involved in the control design as well.

During your studies you will have the possibility to put the newly acquired knowledge into praxis by learning various software programs. Excel and Matlab are basic software tools that are widely used within our research. However, prior knowledge is not required. Depending on the specialization und personal interest further software tools might be added to that list. Check the module description for further information on software. Besides, project planner are using the software WindPRO, the market leading software for computer aided windfarm design. A software catalogue with discounted offers for students enrolled at the Leibniz University can be found here. The university and the institutes offer tutorials for most of the software tools mentioned above.

Disciplinary modules

Selection rules: Professional Specialisation
Master’s degree
120 CP
Professional Specialisation: 40 ± 2 CP
Depending on specialisation
Mandatory Module: 22 ± 2 CP
Elective Module: 22 ± 4 CP
From that other competence areas up to 10 CP
Mandatory Modules: Electrical Engineering
        S/W CP
Electrical energy conversion and grid connection Electrical Engines     s 5
Electrical Power Systems II     s 4
Laboratory: Electrical Engines     w 4
Power Electronics II     s 5
Planning and Operation of Electric Power Systems     w 4
Elective Modules: Electrical energy conversion and grid connection
        S/W LP
Electrical energy conversion and grid connection Transients in Electric Power Systems     s 4
Small Electrical Motors and Servo Drives     w 4
Renewable Energies and Smart Concepts for Electric Power Systems     s 3
Principles of the Electric Energy Industry     s 3
High Voltage Technique II     s 4
Laboratory: Electrical Engines     s 4
Electric Power Systems Laboratory     s 4
Laboratory Exercise on Power Electronics     w 4
Control of Electrical Three-phase Machines     s 4
Optional modules: other competence areas
        S/W LP
Dimensioning of support structures Geotechnical Engineering Constructions     s 6
Special Designs of Concrete Construction     w 6
Structural Safety in Steel Construction     w 6
Support Structures of Offshore Wind Turbines     w 6
Maintaining and Restoration of Buildings and Material Testing     w 6
Concrete Technology for Engineering Structures     w 6
Soil Dynamics     s 6
FE Applications in Structural Analysis     S 6
Mechanics of Solids     W 6
Finite Elements II     S 5
Basics of wave theories and sea state analysis     S 3
Innovative Concrete Construction – Special Concrete Engineering     s 6
Contact Mechanics     W 6
Vibration Problems of Structures     W 6
Project development, manufacturing, construction and operation Design and Installation of Wind Farms     w 6
Major Projects Worldwide     s 6
Quality Management     S 4
Technical Reliability     W 4
Factory Planning     w 5
Design of Steel Structures     w 6
Material Flow Systems     W 5
Marine Construction Logistics     w 6
Digital Building and Construction     W 6
Production Management     w 5
Computer-Aided Design of Wind Farms     w 3
Reliability of Mechatronical Systems     s 5
Wind and mechanical energy conversion Aerodynamics and Aeroelasticity of Wind Turbines     w 4
Fibre Composite Lightweight Structures     W 6
Finite Elements I     w 4
Computational Fluid Dynamics     W 4
Fluid Dynamics II     w 4
Aeroacoustics and Aeroelasticity of Turbo Machinery     S 4
Introduction to Meteorology     W 4
Materials Science and Engineering     w 5
Continuum Mechanics I     W 5
Local Climates     w 4
Multibody Systems     w 5
Rotor Blade Design for Wind Energy Turbines     s 6
Flow Measurement and Testing Techniques     s 4
Kinematics and Dynamics     w 4
Tribology     S 5
Power Trains in Wind Turbines     W 5

Highlights

Planning and Operation of Electric Power Systems
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Planning and Operation of Electric Power Systems

  • Tasks concerning grid design and grid operation are outlined
  • The students are enabled to process typical grid design duties using computer programmes
DyNaLab at Fraunhofer IWES

Control of Electrical Three-phase Machines

  • Control engineering methods are applied to direct current machines
  • Modern field-oriented control methods of electrical three-phase machines are teached
  • Tutorials with Matlab & Simulink
Damping of tower oscillation

Control of Wind Energy Turbines

  • Basics concering the modelling, analysis and controller synthesis are teached focussing on the control of wind energy turbines