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Wind Turbine Design Cost and Scaling Model

Engineer's, here is our online continuing education course material from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) regarding wind turbine design cost and scaling models. You will earn 4 PDH continuing education training hour upon conclusion of the CEU Leaf quiz.

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This course and model is intended to provide projections of the impact on cost from changes in economic indicators such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Producer Price Index (PPI).

These models are intended to provide reliable cost projections for wind-generated electricity based on different scales (sizes) of turbines. They are not intended to predict turbine pricing, which is a function of volatile market factors beyond the scope of this work. The models in this study allow projections of both land-based and offshore technologies, though offshore technologies are still in their infancy and forecasts are extremely rough. These models also allow modeling of the cost impacts of certain advanced technologies that were studied under the WindPACT and Low Wind Speed Technology (LWST) projects. Cost estimates are projected based on turbine rating, rotor diameter, hub height, and other key turbine descriptors. Cost scaling functions have been developed for major components and subsystems.

Engineer Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of scaling models
  • Comprehend the history of scaling models
  • Ability to calculate the cost of energy (COE)
  • Understanding of initial capital expenses
  • Ability to factor in annual operating expenses
  • Understanding of NAICS codes as they relate to turbines
  • Know basics of blade design factors such as mass and radius
  • Ability to calculate net annual energy production (AEP)

This is a handout style continuing education PDH class that comprehensively reviews the publication.

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