Renewable Wind Energy – Past, Present, and the Future - 5 PDHs
Webinar / Cost: $195 member; $235 non-member / 11:00am-4:00pm; ET
December 07, 2023

NYSSPE has partnered with Sem-Train, LLC -  New York State Approved Sponsor
Date: December 7, 2023  /  Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm; ET
Location: Webinar  / Cost: $195 member; $235 non-member

This course caters to Engineers, Technicians, Facilities Managers, Energy Professionals, Architects and others who are interested in enhancing their understanding of renewable wind energy and would like to learn about how wind energy stacks up against other types of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. In this seminar, wind energy is contrasted with other proven renewable energy sources with sustainability, technical, geographic, and financial feasibility in mind. No prerequisite is required for this seminar, we begin with basics of energy and important wind energy facts. Important metrics, i.e., capacity factor, associated with wind energy, and renewable energy in general, are covered. Different, proven, energy storage systems typically included in the utility-scale wind energy projects are discussed. 

The physics principles behind wind turbine design and its performance are introduced. Lessons learned from the Texas freezes of 2017 and 2021 are reviewed and associated myths are debunked. Some of the largest wind energy installations in the US and the rest of the world are discussed and compared. Updates on some of the US and International, offshore, current and planned wind turbine projects are discussed. Some cutting-edge wind energy systems – not widely adopted yet - are introduced. The discussion on the topic of renewable wind energy is sustained by diagrams, tables, graphs, and pictures. The audience is engaged through Q&A, classwork, and ad hoc discussions pertaining to the topic. Board acceptance guarantee.

Learning Objectives - Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Perform and objective comparison between energy obtained from the grid versus the energy harnessed from wind turbines and other renewable sources. Identify and quantify technical and financial strengths and weaknesses of wind energy systems.

Specify and implement renewable wind energy systems that leverage direct application to the point of use, thus maximizing the efficiency and net benefit of these systems, when and where feasible.

Understand wind energy technologies on the basis of physics and engineering principles. Assess the performance of wind energy systems on the basis of physics and engineering equations that correlate physical parameters to the power and energy output of wind turbines. These equations serve as tools in design, analysis, suitable location selection and application of wind turbines. 

Follow progress on some of the major, more recent, notable, US and foreign wind energy projects. Benefit from the lessons learned on these projects. 

Identify some of the more unbiased and reliable technical and commercial information sources in the renewable energy arena; thus, staying abreast of progress and current data in the renewable energy realm, beyond this seminar.


1. General Energy Background Information

2. Wind Energy Facts, Basics, and Principles

3. Renewable Energy Storage

4. Capacity Factor

5. Wind Energy Cost

6. Wind Energy Technology

7. Wind Classification in the US 

8. Betz Limit

9. HAWT vs. VAWT Designs

10. Did the wind turbines let Texas down in 2017 and 2021?

11. Major Wind Energy Projects – Domestic & International Scene

12. US Offshore Wind Turbine Projects, Current and Future.

13. Cutting Edge, Futuristic Wind Energy Systems

14. Renewable Energy Information Sources 

SPEAKER: Professor Bobby Rauf, P.E, C.E.M, MBA, NSPE Member

Professor Bobby Rauf is the President, Chief Consultant and a Senior Instructor at Sem-Train, LLC. Bobby has over 25 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and post graduate Engineering, Science, Math, Business Administration and MBA courses, seminars and workshops. Prof. Rauf is registered (PE) Professional Engineer, in the States of Virginia, North Carolina, and Wyoming, a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Ergonomist.

Prof. Rauf was inducted as "Legend in Energy" by AEE, in 2014.  He is a published author of multiple engineering and energy books, and professional Development courses.  He holds patents in process controls technology.