Wind Energy Systems

The main objective of the Program Wind Energy Systems is capacity building in the field of wind energy for research and industry with the experience of wind power research conducted by a unique education alliance: the University of Kassel, Germany’s leading University for sustainability as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE), part of Europe's leading research institute Fraunhofer. 

Studying Wind Energy Systems in Kassel is highly flexible: We educate people on a higher educational level in a different scopes and in several areas of competences. Therefore, beside studying the complete master program Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems, also seven Certificates are offered. These certificates enable our participants to study specific certificates with different focus in wind energy systems.

Methods and technology innovations will be developed problem-oriented in learning alliances with the industry and with a focus on practical examples close to Fraunhofer research projects. Concrete and practical basic modules and individual specialization modules are part of the student-oriented curriculum.

Your main benefits are:

  • Study any place any time
  • Choose between part-time or full-time
  • Highly flexible choice of modules with close tutoring
  • Teaching by German experts in the field of wind energy
  • New job opportunities through engineering education in a booming occupational field
  • Access to an international network in the field of renewable energies

 

Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems

Date: Start in October, application deadline: July 15th

Type of course: Online course of study   

Course fee: € 14,000

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Certificates Wind Energy Systems

Date: Start in April and October, application deadline: April 1st and October 1st

Type of course: Online course of study

Course fee: € 6,000 per certificate

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Voluntary campus phase

Since 2018 wes.online Master students have the unique opportunity to partcicipate in voluntary campus phases in Kassel, Germany. During this highly practical visits of one, five or nine weeks the students get to know industry and research institutions from the wind energy sector in Germany and broaden their network in the field.

Course overview

Type of course Part-time distance learning course (100% online)
Qualification Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Course duration 5 - 7 semesters (depending on previous knowledge)
Course start date Course of Study begins in October, application deadline with international certificates: July 15th, apply here
Language of instruction  English
Course contents Core topics include fundamentals of mathematics and engineering for wind energy, specializations in energy system technology and simulation and structural technology, as well as additive key competences (management and law)
How the course is organized   A total number of 120 credits must be achieved to complete the master program. This number is divided into basic modules (30 ECTS), two specialization areas and key competences (60 ECTS) (Note: at least 30 ECTS  must be selected in one of the specialization areas) and a Master-Thesis module (30 ECTS)
Admission requirements       The minimum entry requirements are a Bachelor in
relevant natural and engineering sciences and a 1-year work experience
Course fee € 14,000
Additional information a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the "Advancement through Education: Open universities" competition

Target Groups

The masters program is designed for engineers from research and instustry or for bachelor’s degree holders who wish to deepen their knowledge in the field of wind energy, such as:

  • Students with work experience who want to specialize their knowledge through a master's program or entry level employees who like to qualify for a promotion
  • Engineers looking to change their career or industry sector
  • Group manager, department manager, staff development specialists or government employees
  • All industries related to the Wind Wnergy and Renewable Technology Sector, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering

Course structure

The study program Master Online Wind Energy Systems consists of four core elements:

  • Fundamentals of mathematics and engineering for wind energy (30 ECTS)
  • Two specialization areas: (1) Energy system technology or (2) Simulation and structural technology (Minimum 30 ECTS must be selected in one of the specializations)
  • Additive Key-Competences (management and law)
  • Master-Thesis (30 ECTS)

 

The Masters Programm, carrying 120 ECTS, is an occupational degree course, held in English, 100% online, and leads to a Master of Science (M. Sc.).

General requirements and other information

The participants: Potential target groups for the master’s program are scientists and engineers from research and industry or people who just finished their bachelor's degree who are looking for a professionals training and want to study wind energy either in the scope of a whole master or in single specialization certificates.

Admission requirements: The minimum entry requirements are a bachelor in relevant natural and engineering sciences and a 1-year work experience.

Degree: The participants receive a Master of Science (M. Sc.) degree from the University of Kassel. The degree title given to successful students at the end of the course is “M.Sc. in Wind Energy Systems”. This degree qualifies for further post graduate work towards PhD.

Accreditation: Accreditation is granted by the agency ASIIN. The master’s program Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems is successfully accredited by the agency ASIIN in 2015.

Application: if you are interested in the program, please contact us at wes@uni-kassel.de.  

Testimonials

»What I appreciate most about the WES programme is the ability to interact with educators deeply connected within the wind power industry. The partnership between Fraunhofer and Universität Kassel provides unique access to top quality professors, research, and industry opportunities.«
        Elliot Simon, USA, Technical Project Manager, Renewabl.es Consulting

»The class included a lot of detailed practical information on planning and construction of wind farms. It provided a good insight into the step by step development of wind farms. The assignments given in the class were based on the daily work and helped understanding the work of a wind farm developer.«
        Fabian Sondermann, Germany, M.Sc. Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency

Certificates of Wind Energy Systems

Overview of the Certificates

Type of course Online learning course  
Qualification Certificate of the Univerisity of Kassel, Germany, in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE)
Dates Application deadline summer semester: April 1st; Application deadline winter semester: October 1st apply here
Duration 1 Year (2 Semesters)
Language of instruction  English
Course contents

Certificate 1: »Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems«

Certificate 2: »Electrical Engineering of Wind Energy Systems«

Certificate 3: »Computational Wind Energy Systems«

Certificate 4: »Integration of Wind Power in the Electricity Supply System«

Certificate 5: »Fluid Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems«

Certificate 6:  »Structural Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems«

Certificate7:  »Wind Energy Converter Systems«

How the course is organized   100% online; all certificates have a scope of 30 credits.
Admission requirements       The minimum entry requirements are a Bachelor, diploma or equivalent degree in
relevant natural and engineering sciences (180 credits)
Course fee € 6,000 per certificate
Additional information All modules of the certificates are accredited by the ASIIN. More

Certificate 1: »Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems«

 

The certificate 'Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems' provides a strong fundamental knowledge to understand economically and ecologically efficient wind energy transformation and to design new wind turbines or components of wind turbines beyond the state-of-the-art of wind engineering. Beside improving fundamental engineering knowledge, this certificate also serves as a basis for more technical or methodological oriented certificates or for studying the complete 'Online M.Sc. Wind Energy Systems' program.

 

 

 

 

Certificate Modules

(Module Overview, selection of five from an offer of six modules)

  • Design of Mechanical and Electrical Components
  • Mathematics
  • Application of Software Tools
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Electrical Engineering

 

Certificate 2: »Electrical Engineering of Wind Energy Systems«

This certificate 'Electrical Engineering of Wind Energy Systems' deals with the main components of the electrical system. Issues like how to design, control and operate the electrical system in a wind energy converter will be covered. In this context questions are answered regarding the technical challenges and boundary conditions for the design and how it interacts with the drive train and the whole wind energy converter system and the wind farm.

Important: Basic knowledge in Matlab and in control engineering (Regelungstechnik) are recommended. The Electrical Engineering module should be assigned at the beginning of the certificate.

 

 

 

Certificate Modules

(Module Overview)

  • Design of Mechanical and Electrical Components
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Control and Operational Management for Wind Turbines and Wind Farms
  • Energy Storage
  • Technical and Economic Aspects of Grid Integration

 

Certificate 3: »Computational Wind Energy Systems«

Studying the certificate 'Computational Wind Energy Systems' requires the successful completion of the certificate 'Scientifically Oriented Fundamentals of Wind Energy Systems'. It provides a profound knowledge of computational methods used for the static and dynamic analysis of wind energy converters and the surrounding wind and water flows on an expert level. The goal of the certificate is not only to enable engineers to apply existing commercial software packages of structural and fluid mechanics in a sophisticated manner as basis for reliable prognoses of the mechanical behavior of wind turbines, but also to improve the quality of numerical methods and to develop more realistic models of wind energy systems. These aspects are fundamental ingredients for the engineering optimization of state-of-the-art wind turbines and their future innovative designs with a higher energy eciency, life time, degree of capacity utilization and robustness with regard to extreme load cases.

 

Certificate Modules

(Module Overview)

  • Theoretical Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamic
  • Linear Computational Structural Mechanics
  • Non-Linear Computational Structural Mechanics

 

and additionally one of these modules: 

  • Rotor Aerodynamic
  • Strength Durability and Reliability

Certificate 4: »Integration of Wind Power in the Electricity Supply System«

The fluctuation and more decentralized production of wind power require complex solutions for successful grid integration. The certificate 'Integration of Wind Power in the Electricity Supply System' gives you the opportunity to study the increasingly important issue of the integration of wind power into the power supply system.The certificate focuses on technical, administrative and legal barriers and challenges that must be considered for a succesful integration of wind power and other renewable energy and conventional technologies into the grid.

 



 

 

Certificate Modules

(Module Overview)

  • Energy Meteorology
  • Micro Meteorology for Wind Engineers
  • Energy Storage
  • Technical and Economic Aspects of Grid Integration
  • Energy Law
  • Business Administration and Management of Wind Turbines and Wind Farms

 

Certificate 5: »Fluid Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems«

Studying the certificate 'Fluid Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems' provides a profound knowledge of master level mathematics and fluid mechanics as well as computational methods used for the fluid mechanical analysis of wind energy converters for stationary and transient cases on an expert level. Furthermore, a strong knowledge about the aerodynamics of rotor blades will be facilitated. The goal of the certificate is not only to enable engineers to apply existing commercial software packages of computational fluid mechanics in a sophisticated manner as basis for reliable prognoses of the fluid flow around wind turbines, but also to improve the quality of numerical methods and to develop more realistic models of wind energy systems. These aspects are fundamental ingredients for the engineering optimization of state-of-the-art wind turbines and their future innovative designs with a higher energy efficiency, lifetime, degree of capacity utilization and robustness with regard to extreme load cases.

 

Certificate Modules

(Module Overview)

  • Mathematics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Theoretical Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Rotor Aerodynamics

Certificate 6: »Structural Mechanics of Wind Energy Systems«

Studying the certificate will provide knowledge of classical, current and future numerical methods for the solution of advanced mechanical models of wind turbine structures and structural components. Engineers will be familiar with the interpretation of stress states in different materials and the consequences for structural safety and lifetime of wind turbines. The goal of the certificate is to recognize which combinations of models and numerical methods can be efficiently and trustworthily applied for special kinds of structural analyses. Also engineers will be familiar with the limitations of the models and numerical methods and they will overcome these limitations by writing their own partial programs for special tasks in their professional career.

 

 

 

 

Certificate Modules

(Module Overview)

  • Mathematics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Linear Computational Structural Mechanics
  • Non-Linear Computational Structural Mechanics
  • Strength Durability and Reliability

Certificate 7: »Wind Energy Converter Systems«

The certificate 'Wind Energy Converter Systems' is focused on engineering, planning and managing aspects of wind turbine technology, wind turbines and wind farms. It provides the knowledge about classical and recently developed wind turbine components. Design and analysis methods for modern on- and o shore foundations, towers, rotor blades and nacelle systems will be taught. Modules about planning, management, administration of wind turbines and wind parks will complete the profiles.

 

 

 

 

 

Certificate Modules

(Module Overview)

  • Design of Mechanical and Electrical Components
  • On- and Offshore Foundations
  • Construction and Design of the Nacelle-Systems
  • Rotor Blades
  • Business Administration and Management of Wind Turbines and Wind Farms
  • Planning and Construction of Wind Farms

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