Online Course Master English 5 ECTS

Wind Turbine Components – online course

Are you interested in exploring the essential parts of wind turbines that make them tick? Perfect for engineers eager to drive the future of renewable wind energy.

From the towering structures, the sophisticated nacelle and drivetrain, this course covers it all. You will gain insights into the design, materials, manufacturing processes, measurement, and digital tools used in the industry for these essential components and learn how to measure performance and understand the lifecycle of these powerful machines.

The course consists of 13 modules, covering:

  • Introduction of wind turbine mechanical, electrical, and structural components
  • Conceptual design and sizing
  • Drivetrain topology, loads calculations
  • Materials usage and recycling
  • Tower design and manufacturing technologies
  • Condition monitoring and sensing
  • Life cycle analysis

This course is for everyone who is interested in wind energy.

What is in it for you?

Upon the completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the function of major components and how they work together to produce electricity, including materials used and manufacturing technologies.
  • Compare the different types of wind turbine drivetrains, including geared, medium-speed, and direct drive machines and understand the design tradeoffs.
  • Describe different manufacturing technologies (welded and additive manufactured) for wind turbine towers (steel and concrete) and present pros and cons
  • Explain the measurement and sensing technologies on various components with the focus on condition monitoring
  • Summarize the maintenance and repair procedures for wind turbine components, including safety protocols and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Use mathematical and engineering principles to design and size wind turbine components.
  • Perform simple analysis on health monitoring data of selected components using turbine measurement data from public domaine
  • Assess the environmental impact of turbine components throughout their entire life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to manufacturing, transportation, installation, operation, maintenance, and finally, decommissioning and disposal.

What is in it for your company?

Companies can significantly enhance their technical capabilities through educating their staff, ultimately leading to improved performance and reduced costs in their wind energy projects.

Enhanced Technical Knowledge: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the function of major wind turbine components and how they work together to produce electricity, including the materials used and manufacturing technologies.

  • Manufacturing Insights: Understand different manufacturing technologies for wind turbine towers, including welded and additive manufacturing for both steel and concrete, and be able to present the pros and cons of each method.
  • Condition Monitoring: Explain the measurement and sensing technologies used on various components with a focus on condition monitoring, which is crucial for predictive maintenance and reducing downtime.
  • Maintenance Procedures: Summarize maintenance and repair procedures for wind turbine components, including safety protocols and troubleshooting techniques, ensuring efficient and safe operations.
  • Environmental and Lifecycle Assessment: Assess the environmental impact of turbine components throughout their entire lifecycle, from raw material extraction to decommissioning and disposal, promoting sustainable practices and compliance with environmental regulations.

Operational Efficiency and Cost Savings:

  • Predictive Maintenance: Implement predictive maintenance strategies based on condition monitoring data to reduce unplanned downtime and maintenance costs.
  • Lifecycle Management: Optimize the lifecycle management of wind turbines, leading to extended operational life and reduced total cost of ownership.

Competitive Advantage: stay ahead of industry developments and best practices, providing a competitive edge in the rapidly growing wind energy sector.


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. This 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 course will be conducted in English.


This course is concluded with a written exam, 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 Master of Wind Energy – online programme

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 Master of 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




15.000,00 DKK