Hydro and Wind Power Plants

Teaching methods Lecture/lab
Learning target

The students understand the technology of wind power and hydro power plants. They are able to perform a first design for a specific plant. The students know the environmental impact of hydro and wind power and can judge the impact of environmental protection on permit procedures. They are capable to perform a feasibility study for a wind power plant or hydro power plant covering aspects of technical potential, basic design of the plant, environmental impact, permit procedure and economics.
Measurement techniques and their field of application are known. The signal recording, processing and display are known from own experience during the lab work. The students are able to define the measuring equipment when investigating the behaviour of apparatus and machines in energy conversion plants. The students are familiar with the components of a measuring chain.

Duration 1 Semester
Hours per week 5.0
  • Classes:75 h
  • Individual/
    Group work:75 h

  • Workload:150 h
ECTS 5.0
Requirements for awarding credit points

written exam (90 minutes)

Responsible person

Prof. Dr. Peter Treffinger

Max. participants 25
Recommended semester ECM 1
Frequency Annually (ws)
Lectures Wasser- und Windkraftanlagen
Type Lecture
Nr. M+V3039
Hours per week 5.0
Lecture contents

1. Wind power
1.1 Introduction (History of wind power, structure of wind power plants; technical potential of wind power);
1.2 Physical background of wind energy conversion, aerodynamics, power curves;
1.3 Rotor design (static and dynamic loads, material and construction);
1.4 Components of wind energy conversion chain (mechanics of rotor, gear boxes, electrical generator, bearings);
1.5 Construction of wind power plants;
1.6 Integration of wind power plants in energy systems;
1.7 Economics of wind power and permit procedures
2. Hydro power
2.1 Introduction (History of hydro power, structure of hydro power plants, technical potential of hydro power);
2.2 Physical background water turbines and turbine types;
2.3 Construction of hydro power plants and impact on the environment (hydrology, ecosystem, landscape);
2.4 Components of hydro power energy conversion chain and integration in energy systems;
2.5 Economics of hydro power and permit procedures.


GIESECKE, J.: MOSONYI, E.: Wasserkraftanlagen - Planung, Bau und
Betrieb. 4. Auflage, Berlin : Springer, 2005.
STIEBLER, M.: Wind Energy Systems for Electric Power Generation. Berlin :
Springer, 2008.
HAU, E.: Windkraftanlagen. 4. Auflage, Berlin : Springer, 2008.

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