Wind Turbine Operation and Maintenance

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Price: €800
Registration deadline: 13 April 2024
15hr Content/ 3 day program
16 Credits
Jose San Leandro

Format: Instructor-led

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Course Objective

“Real time simulation software is used to develop the skills of wind turbine operators and maintenance personal in responding to normal, exceptional and potential failure scenarios during wind turbine operation.”

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15hr Content
Divided across 6 sessions

PDH Hours qualified course

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About the course


   6 Live sessions

   3 Days

  Registration deadline 
     13 April 2024


   Limited seats


Maintenance on a wind turbine often means working at height, in a warm confined space and next to a generator. Wind turbines are controlled by an in-built controller and maintenance staff have to deduce the best course of action based on the controller read-outs. In such a situation you would like well trained experienced personnel, who can quickly decide the best course of action.

This training course is based around the ACM Wind Energy software suite. This software suite includes real time simulators for industrial grade wind turbines, together with simple to use graphical interfaces, and can be used as a Workbench for experimenting on Wind Turbines. Within this training course, personnel can hone their skills for normal conditions, as well as expectational conditions (such as very high wind speeds, wind gusts or failures in the Grid) and in failure (of elements on the yawing system, pitch system or brake hydraulic system). 

The course consists of 6 online live sessions with the instructor. All training content is provided through your EngineeringTrainer account. After the course you maintain 1-year unlimited access to the course, including any new course material. This allows you to perform modules again should you need to refresh your knowledge.

The attendees will receive temporary licenses for the “ACM Wind Energy Simulator” package, to be installed in their PCs, and valid for 3 months. In addition to contact with the instructor during the live sessions, participants may also submit questions during the validity of the software license.


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Meet your instructors

Instructor Jose San Leandro

Jose San Leandro

Owner and Lead Software Developer

Wind Turbines, User Interfaces, Control

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Program & Details

  1. Blades and pitch mechanism

  2. Brakes

  3. Yaw system

  4. Gearboxes

  5. Meteorological sensors

  6. Auxiliary sensors

  7. Generators (low and high speed)

  8. Influence of the grid on a wind turbine

  1. Stalling and why the hub turns

  2. Wind Turbine control criteria

  3. Requirements imposed by the Drive-train

  4. Requirements imposed by the Electrical Generator

  5. Production curve

  1. Family of Wind Turbines with Squirrel-cage Generator and control by Active Stall

  2. Family of Wind Turbines with Control by Resistance of the Generator’s Rotor winding

  3. Family of Wind Turbines with Doubly Fed Induction Generator (DFIG)

  4. Wind Farm simulator

  1. Overview of the interface - the windows/tabs, graphical interface, strip recorders

  2. Drive Train Interface 

  3. Wind/Nacelle Interface

  4. Control Terminal Interface

  5. Electrical Panel

  1. Nacelle manual orientation; using the command buttons on the controller

  2. Nacelle controlled by the Wind Turbine Controller; observing the controller 

  3. Controlled wind turbine orientation procedure under a range of wind conditions

  1. Observation of the pressure evolution with manual pump and valve operation

  2. The operation of the system for cutin operations

  3. Abnormally high pressure losses in the system, response from the controller

  4. Insufficient pump flow, response from the controller

  1. Manual command of the pitch angle

  2. Active Stall Wind Turbine controlled by the Wind Turbine Controller

  3. Rotor Resistance Wind Turbine controlled by the Controller

  4. Doubly Fed Induction Generator (DFIG) controlled by the Controller

  5. Failure of the connection between controller and pitch system

  6. Comparison of the Power vs. wind speed curve for fixed and variable pitch

  1. Evolution of the rpms

  2. Soft-starter devices

  3. Modification of the working point

  4. Evolution of the electric and magnetic fields in the DFIG

  5. Response to wind gusts

  6. Observe the influence of the Operating Point, Active Power Set Point and Relative Power Set Point

  7. Electrical Panel Operation and Observations

  1. Active Stall Dual Speed Wind Turbine; cutin, change low to high speed

  2. Rotor Resistance controlled Turbine with gusts

  3. Operation Curve in DFIG Wind Turbine

  4. DFIG Wind Turbine with short and long gusts

  5. DFIG Wind Turbine with slow or partially broken pitch mechanism

  1. The structure of the grid and stability of the grid

  2. Description of the substation

  3. The interface with the grid

  4. Connectivity with the wind turbines

  5. Influence of the weather conditions on production (wind, temperature, pressure, humidity)

  6. Wind Turbine operative status

  1. Data received from the wind turbines

  2. Indication of total production and external demand set point

  3. Evolution plots for total production and per wind turbine

  4. Wind turbine start/stop procedures and their initiation

  1. Forecasts of wind speed and demand

  2. Local manual and automatic management of wind turbines

  3. Parameters for the management of the wind turbines

    1. total worked hours

    2. type of generator

    3. actual set of incidences (alarms, errors)

    4. spare part logistics and maintenance


After this course, you...

  • are familiar with the components of a wind turbine and the physics of how a wind turbine works

  • understand the orientation and pitching procedures, both manual and through the controller

  • are familiar with the brake hydraulic system, electrical generators and drive trains and have observed their operation through a whole spectrum of operating scenarios

  • have seen the main concepts of a wind farm and how the wind turbine forms part of this system 

  • have developed the skills to respond to messages from the wind turbine controller in a prompt and efficient manner

  • have had the chance to simulate and test your response to off-design and failure modes which cannot be simulated in real-life.

Who should attend this course

Those who want to learn in a "safe" simulation environment how to response to all operating scenarios, both normal, exceptional and failure cases for a wind turbine

  • wind turbine maintenance staff

  • those leading or instructing maintenance staff 

  • Wind Farm Managers wanting to have a better understanding of the maintenance team workload  


  • Basic understanding of industrial electrical installations.

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This course consists of instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations, discussions and worked cases. During each session, participants can ask questions to the instructor (through the chat or microphone) which will be answered in the session.  

Access to the course
After your purchase is confirmed the course will be available in your EngineeringTrainer account, where you will find the course welcome chapter and instructions on how to join the live sessions. Sessions are held using the software Microsoft Teams and a log-in link is provided for each session through the EngineeringTrainer portal. Live sessions can be joined using any device, including tablets and mobiles. 

The live sessions for this course take place at the following times (all times are 24hr clock):

  • Session 1: Day 1, 9:00 to 12:00 CET (convert time-zones)

  • Session 2: Day 1, 14:00 to 16:00 CET 

  • Session 3: Day 2, 9:00 to 12:00 CET

  • Session 4: Day 2, 14:00 to 16:00 CET

  • Session 5: Day 3, 9:00 to 12:00 CET

  • Session 6: Day 3, 14:00 to 16:00 CET

These sessions will include breaks at regular intervals 

A personal digital certificate will be made available to each participant upon full attendance.

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This course consists of instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations and discussions of questions. During each live session participants can ask questions to the instructor (through chat or microphone) which will be answered.

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

The training material used in the live sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

No, course content is not available for download.

The training material used in the sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided. 

Yes, interactive Q&A sessions are part of the live sessions in this course and allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions

Outside the sessions, you can also submit questions by email, during the 3 month validity period of the software license.

To respect the privacy of the participants the live sessions will not be recorded, and as such the live sessions cannot be played back. Therefore it is important for all participants to block the time slots of the live sessions in their calendars and be present. 

Yes, attendees will receive temporary licenses for the “ACM Wind Energy Simulator” package, to be installed in their PCs, and valid for 3 months. 

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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