Offshore wind energy - Module 2: From wind to wire: electricity

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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 describes the wind power production and conversions up to the grid connection and integration, i.e. “from wind to wire”. Herein the components (turbine blades, generators, offshore grid, etc.) are discussed in detail.

  • WTG Package: Aerodynamics introduction & FSI (blades)
  • Blades: blade build-up, design, modelling
  • LEE & evolutions in blades
  • Intro to offshore grids
  • WTG Package: Generator systems in offshore wind
  • WTG package: park owners' perspective
  • Reliability of Gearboxes in wind turbines
  • Drivetrain developments: servitization, modularization, torque density
  • Wind Turbine drivetrain design from a loads perspective
  • Electrical Package: transmission & conversion: OHVS, HVDC vs AC, transmission
  • Electrical Package: Network concepts: OHVS equipment & lay-out, grid connection, SMD infrastructure, grid code)
  • Offshore wind integration: TSO perspective
  • Offshore adequacy
  • Energy markets & ancillary services, role of PPA

Teachers: Joris Degroote, Wim Van Paepegem, Ozlem Ceyhan Yilmaz, Lieven Vandevelde, Frederik De Belie, Yannick Huygebaert, Dieter Fauconnier, Sonja Goris, Jan Helsen, Dirk Van Hertem, Marc Steensels, Kristof De Vos, François Vallée, Paco Vereycken
Date: 21 & 28 March, 18 & 25 April 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