Class Syllabus

Jointly offered as EE 451/551. We will cover how electrical power is obtained from wind, perform basic calculations for wind power based on wind turbine characteristics and terrain, explain what are the main considerations for wind power integration, how to think probabilistically about uncertainties in wind power and solve optimization problems using commercial packages. For more information, see syllabus.

This is the main website for this class. The Canvas Site is only used to post grades.

Class: TTh, 4:30pm-6:20pm, PAA A114
Instructor: Baosen Zhang, zhangbao@uw.edu, Office: EEB M310
TA: Ryan Elliott, ryell24@uw.edu, Office: EEB 215
Midterm: In class, Feb 19th
Final: In class, March 14

Office Hours:

  1. My office hours: Fridays 1-2pm .
  2. Ryan’s office hour: Wednesday 2-3pm.
  3. You’re welcome to schedule other times by emailing one of us.

Note:

  1. Most of the lectures will be done on the board. Corresponding slides would be provided, but the material presented on the board may differ from them.
  2. Textbook: “Wind Energy: An Introduction”, by Mohamed A. El-Sharkawi
  3. I will try to respond to emails within 24 hours. Please write EE451 in the subject. Ryan will likely be more responsive.

Schedule of Classes:

  1. Introduction to power systems with wind energy, slides
  2. Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines, slides
  3. Wind Statistics, slides
  4. Overview of Wind Turbines slides, Power Electronics, slides
  5. Induction Generator slides, type1, type2, type3
  6. Synchronous Generator slides, type4
  7. Integration Issues Wind Penetration, Wind Integration, Stability, Low Voltage Ride Through, reactive power support
  8. Economic Dispatch Variability, Optimization Problems
  9. Markets: Auction Market, Inequality Constraints
  10. Unit Commitment slides
  11. Storage slides

Optimization Software

  1. There are some basic optimization and function graphing in this class. Having access to Matlab or similar software will be helpful.

Structure:

  1. There will be weekly homework assignments. No late homework would be accepted.
  2. Grade distribution: final 40%, midterm 30%, homework 30%

Exams:

  1. Midterm: Feb 19th, in class. It is open book, you may bring the textbook, your notes, cheat sheet… You should also bring a calculator, but no other electronic device of any kind is allowed (including cell phones, tablets, and laptops).
  2. Final: March 14th, in class. It is open book, you may bring the textbook, your notes, cheat sheet… You should also bring a calculator, but no other electronic device of any kind is allowed (including cell phones, tablets, and laptops).

Homework Assignments:

  1. Homework 1, due Jan 17, 11:00 pm. Solution
  2. Homework 2, due Jan 24, 11:00 pm, Submit at this link