offshore wind energy - Module 1: Basic concepts

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Offshore wind energy

Catch the wave of offshore wind & acquire a broad knowledge from a technological and multidisciplinary perspective.

Offshore wind energy has developed rapidly in Belgium & Europe. The industrial scaling is a fact and the production cost is evolving to a cost-competitive source in our energy mix. Belgium is currently the 4th country worldwide in terms of installed capacity, and the best is yet to come.

This course was conceived to offer thorough expertise and operational knowledge of all phases of offshore wind energy. Course attendees will acquire a broad and up-to-date knowledge regarding technology, financing, safety, security, ecology & boundary conditions of offshore wind farms over the entire lifespan.

The course is divided into 6 modules: after a qualitative description in the first module, module 2 provides a technological basis for the wind power production and conversions “from wind to wire”. Modules 3 focuses on structural aspects, in particular offshore foundations . The fourth module covers various aspects with respect to electrical components (such as transformers), testing and validation, weather prediction and resource assessment, etc. Module 5 deals with non-technological topics such as financing, environmental impact and mitigation and legal framework. The last module combines a prospection beyond the horizon into current and future R&D and innovation in offshore wind) and industry cases.

After completion, course participants will have a broad offshore knowledge, both from an international perspective as from the viewpoint of the strengths of the Belgian offshore wind industry and academia. 

This module provides the terminology, phases and processes of offshore wind energy, and allows the students to get acquainted with the correct terminology. After the qualitative description of the components, the project life cycle (from tendering to decommissioning) is outlined. The procedures and terminology in offshore wind installation are described. Lastly, the in-service terminology (during the Operations & Maintenance) is provided.Introduction to offshore wind packages: WTG & substructures

  • Introduction to offshore wind packages: Cables & OHVS
  • Introduction to electrical power systems - grid transmission
  • Project installation: offshore wind installation (terminology & procedures)
  • ABC of offshore wind financing (project financing perspective)
  • Technical development: design basis – basic design – detailed design cycle
  • Tendering & basic engineering
  • Corporate & contractual set-up
  • O&M terminology

Concepts introduced in module 1 will be used in the other modules.

Teachers: Lieven Vandevelde, Raoul Van Lambalgen, Carl Heiremans , Dieter Rabaut, Margot Van Nuffel, Ralf Bauer, Nordine Saidi Mazarou, Abbas Tavallali, Kristof van Loon, Christophe De Busscher
Date: 28 February, 7 & 14 March 2023


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UGain - UGent Academie voor Ingenieurs - Universiteit Gent Technologiepark 60 9052 Zwijnaarde België
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UGain - UGent Academie voor Ingenieurs - Universiteit Gent
Technologiepark 60, Zwijnaarde