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This seminar deals with all aspects of power generation from wind resource assessment, selection of technology, design of the power generation system, turbine installation, financing, system operation & controls, & predictive and preventive maintenance.

Course Outline

After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
Select the site for your wind-energy power
Plant considering the environmental impact
Perform economic feasibility analysis
Select suitable equipment for smooth operation, and low maintenance cost
Design your plant and select its engineering components
Schedule its installation with the knowledge of all activities, their sequence and estimated duration
Estimate the cost of your wind power plant
Manage procurement and installation of equipment
Operate and maintain your power plant efficiently
Connect to the grid knowing the impact of your plant generated power on the utility’s power quality


Considering that the potential of hydro power is diminishing, nuclear power is very expensive, clean technology for fossil fuels are not yet economic; it is prudent to consider wind energy in the total energy mix. This is evidenced by wind energy’s impressive growth rate of 40% in the world over the last five years. Canada has a tremendous wind resource to generate electric power; we have still only scratched the surface of Canada’s massive wind energy potential. Looking at the aggressive growth of the wind industry in the USA, it can be predicted that the growth rate in Canada will not lag behind. This seminar deals with all aspects of power generation from wind resource assessment, selection of technology, design of the power generation system, turbine installation, financing, system operation and controls, and predictive and preventive maintenance.


To enable participants to determine if a wind farm is viable from the wind resource and financial perspectives, and to design, operate and maintain their wind energy power plants

Who Should Attend

Wind farm project developers, planners, power producers, utilities personnel involved in wind farm operations, consulting engineers, energy consultants, constructors, wind farm equipment and component vendors, turbine manufacturers, environmental, regulatory, legal and insurance personnel as well as operators and maintenance staff of existing plants.

Program Outline

Day 1

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30 Why Wind is a Viable Source of Energy (Don McKay, ORTECH)

9:00 Wind Resource Assessment (Don McKay)
      • Wind atlases
      • Wind speed characteristics
      • Accessing the resource (measurement, modelling)
      • Project assessment
      • Energy estimation
      • Uncertainty
      • Feasibility assessment

10:10 Refreshments and Networking

10:30 Wind Farm Design (Don McKay)
       • Wind farm layout
       • Micro siting
       • Noise and wake loss analysis
       • Energy yield probability (P50-P90)
       • Risk assessment

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Turbine Selection (Alex Tsopelas , ORTECH)
      • Wind turbine development
      • Project development cycle
      • Site suitability
      • Transportation and installation
      • Warranties and O and M
      • Power curves, economics and site conditions

2:00 Refreshments and Networking

2:30 Special Problems (Don McKay)
      • Wind turbine icing
      • Wind turbines and the environment
      • Lightning

3:30 Financial Considerations (Don McKay)
     Illustrate the effects of various factors on the rate of return of a wind facility and to rank the changes in order of sensitivity

4:30 Adjournment

Day II

8:30 Transmission Access and Interconnection (Paula McGarrigle, SOLAS Energy Consulting Inc.)
      • Who has jurisdiction?
      • What does the system look like?
      • Components of the transmission and distribution systems
      • Getting in the Queue
      • Forms and studies required
      • Costs
      • Limitations and restrictions
      • Interconnection agreements
      • Other jurisdictions
      • New and potential developments
      • Permit

10:10 Refreshments and Networking

10:30 Environmental Approvals (Paula McGarrigle)
       • Critical issues assessment
       • Environmental impact assessment
       • Stakeholder consultation
       • Environmental approvals
       • Monitoring for safety and security
       • Operational monitoring

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Wind Energy Forecasting (Don McKay)
      • Forecasting time horizon
      • Wind speed prediction methods
      • The persistent model
      • Time series based methods
      • Statistical based methods
      • Physical power prediction model
      • Wind power forecasting as a tool to manage the fluctuations of wind energy on your systems

2:00 Refreshments and Networking

2:20 Regulatory Compliance (Paula McGarrigle)
      • Reviewing the related international standards for distributed generation inter-connections with utility grid
      • Contract implementation for leases, warranties, power sales and transmission
      • Administrative aspects of wind farm operations: legal issues, risk management and financial reporting.
      • Asset management

4:30 Adjournment


8:30 Wind Farm Operations and Maintenance (Alex Tsopelas)
      • Successful monitoring program to reduce low performance and down-time
      • Predicting gearbox failures
      • Failure of other components
      • Vibration analysis
      • Measurements of temperature and other parameters indicative of wind turbine reduction in performance
      • Critical diagnostic data needed for quick root cause analysis
      • Operator controls with early warning system offering a solution for avoiding unforeseen downtimes resulting from component wear, thus 
         increasing turbine availability
      • Warranty maintenance service contracts
      • Post-warranty service requirements and associated costs of repairs and insurance
      • Public consultation process as positive corporate citizens

10:00 Break

10:20 Wind Turbine Inspections (Don McKay)
       • Ultrasonic and TOFD weld inspections
       • Magnetic Particle
       • Visual mechanical remote
       • Thermography
       • Acoustic emissions

11:10 Experience Exchange A discussion will be led by your instructor on Operations and maintenance. All participants will share their 
            experience of problems and the solutions that worked. Participants may also put forth problems for which they are looking for solutions.

12:00 Questions and Answers - Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

There will be a one hour lunch break at noon on each day as well as a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session. Lunch will be provided on Day III also.

Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration and coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
4:30 Adjournment (Day I & II)
12:00 Final Adjournment (Day III)

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.5 CEU / 15 PDH

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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