Lots of online continuing education

DTU Risø Campus is doing research in the development of sustainable energy, and much of this expertise is now available in the form of online tutorials that you can take at home in your study. The following is an overview of the available courses.

Something for specialists

DTU Wind Energy—one of the departments at Risø Campus—offers two popular courses in turbine software developed by the department.

One of the courses is an introduction to the WAsP program. The program can be used to establish wind turbines in areas without a measuring station by combining data from other measuring stations and maps of the area. You can read more about the WAsP course here.

The second course is all about the wind turbine software, HAWC2. HAWC2 is a program that can calculate how the wind moves in relation to a wind turbine blade, and how to optimize the blade using this knowledge. You can read more about the HAWC2 course here.

Both courses emphasize the importance of participants not only learning to operate the programs, but also understanding their mathematical and theoretical basis. In this way, participants become familiar with the programs’ restrictions as well as the most common pitfalls.

The courses are a mixture of online lectures and exercises, and both end with a case which the participants are required to solve. Throughout the course, participants can enter discussions with the teacher and the other students in an online chat forum.

Something for generalists

In addition to the two courses, both departments at Risø Campus—DTU Wind Energy and DTU Energy—offer their own free online course on wind power and solar energy, respectively, on the digital learning platform Coursera. Coursera is the Danish universities’ equivalent of YouTube, where hundreds of universities offer free teaching to millions of people all over the world on an infinite range of subjects. The list of universities is long and includes prestigious Ivy League institutions such as Stanford, Yale, and Penn University—and now also DTU.

The two courses from Risø Campus are open to all regardless of background and abilities. Using video lectures, reading material, small exercises, and a discussion forum, they provide an overview of either solar or wind energy. The courses are free, unless you require a course certificate. You can read more about wind energy and solar energy courses here.

Something for the future

DTU Wind Energy is so pleased with the digital format that in future it will offer a part-time MSc in wind energy over the internet. The idea arose after the business community—backed by several studies—announced that both Denmark, and in particular the international community, will lack engineers specializing in wind energy. The MSc will be in English and provide a research-based introduction into the theory behind wind energy beyond Denmark’s borders. From the privacy of their own study, the students will learn about everything from wind farms to wind movements across certain types of terrain. The program is aimed, for example, at employees who are specialists in a particular wind turbine component and who now want to gain an overview of the entire field.