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Wind Energy (single module: 5 ECTS credits)

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Type of Course:


  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

Course duration:

One evening per week for 12 weeks.

Admission Requirements:

This course is aimed at both an introductory level and to people with a technical background. A background in engineering, mathematics, physics or electrical trade would be an advantage but is not essential.


Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Eng

Course Fee

€850 (includes course notes and exam fee)

Discounts available for groups of three or more.

Please note: Delivery of this programme is subject to sufficient number of applicants.
Places are limited for this course. Eligible candidates will be considered on a first come first served basis.

It is envisaged that renewable energy technologies will make a major contribution to electricity production, transport and the industry sector in the near future. This is due to its environmental benefits, increasing competitiveness and the rising costs of fossil fuels. Renewable energy sources such as wind power will be used for the achievement of both national and international targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and green electricity generation targets.

This course will examine the energy crisis that exists in Ireland today and the need for a greater use of wind power generation. It will introduce the basics of electricity, its generation from wind power, storage and exportation to the national electricity grid. The course aims to teach everything needed for the planning of, purchasing, installation, operation and maintenance of a wind turbine suitable for domestic or small industrial uses. It is aimed at anyone interested in installing such wind turbine and associated technologies.

The course will utilise the on-site wind generator at Cork Institute of Technology for both theoretical and laboratory based lessons. The course is divided into classroom and laboratory work. There is outside monitoring of renewable energy equipment, in addition, two assignments during the module and a final exam.

Course Content

■ Wind and renewable energy introduction
■ Electrical engineering principals
■ Electrical generator aspects
■ Wind power theory
■ Site selection mathematics
■ Wind generator construction, selection and sizing
■ Purchasing of equipment, planning requirements and grants
■ Electrical power conversion
■ Electricity grid connection, transmission and embedded generation
■ Commissioning, operation and maintenance
■ Prediction and monitoring of wind turbine output.

Awarding Body

CIT: 5 credits at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. 


  • Applications are now open for September 2014.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €250 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.

  • While every effort is made to process your application as early as possible, for operational reasons a decision on your application may not be made until September at the latest.

  • Should places be still available, late applications may be made at the Information Evening at CIT's Bishopstown Campus from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on Wednesday 3rd September 2014.

Centre for Advanced Manufacturing & Management Systems
021 4326264