Master English 5 ECTS

Offshore Wind Farm Planning – course

Offshore Wind Farm Planning

This course will introduce you to the planning aspects of offshore wind energy.  Through the course, you will work with both bottom mounted and floating wind turbines.

You will get an overview of the steps a project developer will go through from assessment of the wind resource, site conditions, selection of wind turbines, grid connection, environmental impact, and integration in the society.

Furthermore, you will be introduced to the political framework and strategic planning of offshore wind at country level.

Through the course session, you will work with the following:

  • Policy framework and sea bed allocation
  • Offshore wind turbine technology and floating wind turbines
  • Assessment of wind resource and site conditions offshore
  • Offshore grid connections and Energy Islands
  • Environmental impact assessment offshore
  • Offshore wind economics
  • Offshore support mechanisms and auctions
  • Societal dimensions of offshore wind power

Learning objectives

After completing the course, you will able to:

  • Explain the main characteristics of offshore wind energy technology incl. floating wind turbines
  • Outline the main steps of how developers carry out planning of an offshore wind farm
  • Explain the most common support mechanisms and their pros and cons
  • List the most common environmental impacts of an offshore wind farm and discuss mitigation measures
  • Explain the technical and societal implications of Energy Islands
  • Outline the steps of energy yield assessment of an offshore wind farm
  • Explain the steps of site assessment offshore and the data needed
  • Carry out a stakeholder analysis
  • Calculate LCOE of an offshore wind farm
  • Describe the policy context and steps in the planning system for offshore wind in a country of your choice
  • Discuss ways to stimulate development of offshore wind through interaction interact with coastal communities


Admission to the course requires a B.Sc. or B.Eng. degree or higher and at least, two years of relevant working experience.

The relevant working experience could be – but is not necessarily restricted to – employment in:

  • The wind energy industry.
  • Oil and gas companies.
  • Shipping companies.
  • Companies performing environmental assessment.
  • Public agencies with responsibilities related to engineering and natural sciences.
  • Since the programme is taught in English, you must have proficient English skills.

Recommended prerequisites
In addition to the admission requirements above, we strongly recommend that you have mathematics and programming skills equivalent to B.Sc. or B.Eng. level or higher.

Technical requirements 
You will need a PC with a stable internet connection to follow this online course.

Course platform
All master courses run on the web based course platform DTU Learn. Once you access the platform, all the courses you are signed up for, become available for you – after the semester start day.

Learning online

The course is divided in 13 modules, one per week in the semester. Each module includes a combination of video lectures, exercises, quizzes and/or reading material depending on the module. The course material is available any time to allow for flexible studying conditions.

Furthermore, you are offered weekly live Q&A sessions to get in dialogue with the course lecturer and fellow participants.


The exam consists of a report hand-in and an oral exam. The oral exam will be conducted online.

Sign up and prices

You can follow the course as a single course or as part of the programme Master in Wind Energy.

Single course

If you wish to follow this course as a single course, please add the course to the basket and fill in the required information.

Part of the Online Master of Wind Energy

You can study this course as part of the Master in Wind Energy. If you wish to follow the course as part of the full Master’s programme, please go the the site for the Online Master in Wind Energy, click the sign up button, and follow the instructions.


Courses of 5 ECTS points15,000 DKK
Final Project of 15 ECTS points38,000 DKK
Full Master’s programme173,000 DKK

The state subsidy for part-time education is determined in the Finance Act for one year at a time. DTU reserves the right to make any adjustments to the participant payment.



13 weeks

Start 1 February

15.000,00 DKK