Offshore Wind Energy -part 1

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to selected topics relevant for the utilization of offshore wind energy. The course gives the students basic insight about the wind over the ocean and how the wind energy can be extracted. Further, the challenges related to wind turbines in ocean waves are addressed. Key topics covered in this course are:

  • History and future development of offshore wind energy.
  • Basic meteorology for offshore wind, including techniques for measurement and analysis of wind fields.
  • Aerodynamics of wind turbines. Momentum theory, airfoils.
  • Characteristics of wind turbines and wind farms.
  • Description of ocean waves. Wave spectra and wave statistics.
  • Introduction to wave loads on support structures.






Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has basic knowledge about

  • the characteristics of the marine atmospheric boundary layer and techniques for analysing wind fields.
  • aerodynamic principles for extracting wind energy
  • kinematics and dynamics of ocean waves.
  • the principles of computation of wave loads on simple marine structures.


The student can

  • estimate vertical wind profiles in the lower atmospheric boundary layer and perform statistical analysis of wind field data
  • use basic momentum theory in estimating power from wind turbines
  • describe irregular ocean waves by linear wave theory
  • estimate wave loads on simple marine structures.

General competence

The student

  • Understands the basic principles of the methods used for estimating power extraction from and loads on offshore wind turbines.
  • can ask critical questions to assumptions made and results obtained.

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
MAT212, PHYS113, MAT131 is recommended
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to either 2 year Master's programme in energy or 5 year integrated masterprogram in energy at master lever.
Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 4 hours a week over 5- 6 weeks, or during a more condensed period of time. Total approx. 24 lectures.

About six exercises, related to the topics lectured.

A project / group work, including literature review spanning several of the topics lectured.

Presentation of project /group work.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
All exercises / Project work and presentation must be approved. Compulsory project work is valid for 2 subsequent semesters.
Forms of Assessment
Written exam, 4 hours
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester
Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department


Normally, referents groups will be used each year.

Examination Support Material
Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations.
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.