• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Renewable Energy, Energy Change
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Igor Skryabin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course PHYS3301
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2016
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The Wind Energy course covers the full spectrum of wind energy from the underlying physics of wind and wind generation technologies, to practical issues including site prospecting, project financing, regulation and societal aspects.  The course  is  delivered in collaboration between ANU Energy academics and Windlab, a Canberra-based innovative wind energy company that was a winning bidder in the 2015 ACT Government 200MW Wind Energy Reverse Auction.  In addition to meeting the demand for up-to-date, structured knowledge in wind energy, the course cements scientific collaboration between ANU and Windlab and opens up prospects for students to undertake research internships with Windlab as part of their degree.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Understand and apply the fundamental physics of wind meteorology and wind energy conversion; the key wind characterisation techniques, modern wind modelling and mapping software packages; and be able to assess data uncertainty.
2. Critically analyse key wind farm planning studies and explain the implications of the studies for wind farm development.
3. Evaluate and select appropriate wind technology for specific sites and wind regimes, and assess energy generation potential and its uncertainty.
4. Understand and apply key elements of typical legal agreements used in wind energy development; key aspects of the economics of wind energy projects; and basic financial models.
5. Critically evaluate different wind energy policy environments and analyse and critique the relative merits of alternative policy scenarios.

Indicative Assessment

Problems and quizzes (30%) (LO1-3)
On-line discussion forum (20%) (LO1-5)
Briefing paper (50%) (LO2-5)

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Students are expected to be thoroughly prepared in advance of classes and workshops and/or to assume responsibility for leading discussions and responding to questions.  

Block 1 will be delivered over 5 days during the Autumn Session, in the mid-semester teaching break: 25 teaching hours supplemented by 15 hours of individual study.

The self-guided research component and preparation of the major report requires approximately 60 hours.

Block 2 will be delivered over 3-4 days following the self-guided research component: 14 contact hours + 10 hours of individual study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed PHYS8013. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed PHYS3301


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5650 04 Apr 2016 05 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 04 Jul 2016 In Person

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