Courses and Graduate Certificate Programs
A couple of years after the 2003 initiation of offshore wind power research at UD, faculty recognized the need for specialized, interdisciplinary education in offshore wind power and wind power more generally. Since that time a number of new courses have been offered, commencing with the integrated, interdisciplinary course—Offshore Wind Power: Science, Engineering and Policy. In 2014, the course of instruction was formalized into an approved Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science, Engineering and Policy. The Graduate Certificate focuses on the various aspects of wind power development, and can be taken either in conjunction with a graduate degree or as a stand-alone program. The coursework required by the certificate covers a multitude of perspectives, including electrical and mechanical engineering, meteorology, geology, policy and law.
UD wind power courses, more detail of which can be found here, and include the aforementioned course, Offshore Wind Power: Science, Engineering and Policy, which provides an overview on the multiple disciplines required to develop offshore wind resources for large-scale power production, integrating science, engineering and policy. Courses such as Geological and Geotechnical Aspects of Offshore Wind Power, Wind Power Meteorology, Wind Power Engineering, Materials Tribology, and Renewable Energy and Climate Law are also offered at UD. In addition, we offer a course on electric vehicles and the grid. The course covers design of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, existing and needed policies, consumer perspective on electric vehicles, and the use of electric vehicles for grid services, including leveling variable generation.
Students also have opportunities to study science, engineering and policy aspects of wind energy and grid-integrated vehicles with our partners. CCPI has a partnership with the Denmark Technical University (DTU), which allows UD students to take courses and conduct research at DTU and DTU students to come to UD. Students can study either wind power or V2G electric vehicles at DTU. In addition, the UD has been working with the French engineering school Supélec in Gif-Sur-Yvette to study V2G policies and engineering.