Module 3: GREWPS803 - Wind Power Systems


Nominal duration: 6 weeks (approx.72 hours total time commitment)


This time commitment includes the structured activities, preparation reading, attendance at each webinar, completing exercises, practical assessments and proctored assessments.

It is also expected that students spend additional time on readings, personal study, independent research and learning, practicing on remote labs and required software and working on any projects and assignments.

This module covers the design and installation of large capacity wind turbines, as well as smaller devices for home and marine use.




Wind is, next to sunlight, one of the most abundant renewable energy resources on the planet. The purpose of the module is for the participants to address the theory, construction and deployment of wind turbine generator.




Modules that must be delivered and assessed before this module:

  • Module 1: GREFGD801 - Fundamentals and General Distribution/Interconnection Components

Modules that must be delivered concurrently with this module:

  • N/A




Assessors should gather a range of evidence that is valid, sufficient, current and authentic. Evidence can be gathered through a variety of ways including direct observation, supervisor's reports, project work, structured assessments, samples and questioning. This will include short answer questions on the knowledge content, the use of remote and virtual labs, and writing tasks to apply the learning to academic tasks.


Assessors must:

  • hold the appropriate assessor competency standards as outlined in regulations; and
  • be able to demonstrate vocational competencies at least to the level being assessed; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they are continuing to develop their VET knowledge and skills as well as maintaining their industry currency and assessor competence.

Questioning techniques should not require language, literacy and numeracy skills beyond those required in this module. The candidate must have access to all tools, equipment, materials and documentation required.

The candidate must be permitted to refer to any relevant workplace procedures, product and manufacturing specifications, codes, standards, manuals and reference materials.

Assessments may be open book assessment and may be completed off campus. Invigilation software will be used for some assessments to ensure authenticity of work completed.

Model answers must be provided for all knowledge-based assessments to ensure reliability of assessment judgements when marking is undertaken by different assessors.



On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the characteristics of wind as energy
  2. Explain the physics and economics of wind power generation
  3. Identify and describe wind turbine components
  4. Explain wind turbine control and simulation
  5. Design a wind power system
  6. Identify and explain the characteristics of offshore wind energy generation





Learning outcomes specify what students will be able to do as a result of the learning. Assessment criteria provide the criteria by which achievement of the learning outcomes will be judged.




Identify and explain the characteristics of wind as energy


Explain the characteristics of wind as an energy source


Compare the techniques used for wind measurement


Evaluate the use of small wind power systems for personal and recreational use

2 Explain the physics and economics of wind power generation 2.1 Compare current and new/experimental wind turbine technologies
2.2 Explain the economics of wind turbine systems
2.3 Estimate the power output as well as the annual energy output of a wind turbine
2.4 Analyse the viability of a potential wind turbine site
3 Identify and describe wind turbine components 3.1 Identify and explain the construction and configuration of synchronous and asynchronous generators for wind systems
3.2 Identify and explain the structure of, and issues related to, wind turbine transmission systems
3.3 Describe grid connection approaches for wind turbine systems
3.4 Explain power quality issues with wind turbine systems
3.5 Investigate the relationship between blade design and output power
4 Explain wind turbine control and simulation 4.1 Simulate a wind turbine
4.2 Design a simple wind turbine SCADA system
4.3 Explain and appraise wind turbine control strategies
5 Design a wind power system 5.1 Identify and explain issues related to wind turbine tower and turbine design
5.2 Describe installation, maintenance and environmental issues related to wind turbines
5.3 Outline the steps involved in implementing a wind turbine system
5.4 Use software to perform calculations related to wind farm design
6 Identify and explain the characteristics of offshore wind energy generation 6.1 Describe the design requirements for offshore wind power systems
6.2     Compare and evaluate different turbines and towers.
6.3 Compare and evaluate different construction materials.
6.4 Explain the steps of planning, installing and maintaining an offshore wind turbine/farm.
6.5 Explain the grid connection of an offshore wind farm.
6.6 Describe the environmental considerations of an offshore wind farm
6.7 Explain the economics of an offshore system.




Delivery mode


Online and/or face-to-face


Software/Hardware Used


  • N/A


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