Offshore wind turbines harness the energy of the ocean winds and turn it into electricity. This course introduces the basic principles of proposed US offshore wind facilities. The course summarizes a study conducted by EESI of existing European and Asian offshore wind farms. The topics addressed include techinical issues related to marine foundations and structures, transmission issues unique to offshore power generation, political and regulatory issues and the publics perceptions of proposed offshore wind farms. This course demonstrates that offshore wind energy has been successfully implemented in other parts of the world and that the potential for wind farms in U.S. waters is favorable.
SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR SKILL OBTAINED
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Awareness of the basic principles of Offshore Wind Energy
- Awareness of the geographic areas in the U.S. that are canidates for wind farms
- Learn the affects of wind farms on commercial fishing and birds
- Public concerns about offshore wind farms relating to property values, local economy and jobs
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a 15 question multiple-choice quiz. The quiz can be retaken unlimited times until a passing grade of 70% or better is earned. This course satisfies 2 professional development hours (PDH) of continuing education.