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New MOOC: "Wind resources for renewable energies"

École Polytechnique has launched a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) focusing on renewable energies.

Taught by professors from the STEEM Graduate Degree program, the main goal of this MOOC is to get the necessary knowledge on atmospheric and fluid dynamics in order to quantify the wind resource of a local or regional area.

You’ll learn about basic meteorology, the specific dynamics of turbulent boundary layers and some standard techniques to estimate wind resources regardless of the type of turbine used or the level of efficiency achieved. Then, you will see what are the turbines characteristics to consider in order to estimate the electricity production from an isolated turbine or from a turbine farm. The differences and similarity between wind or marine resource assessment will also be discussed. Finally, you will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with real in-situ data sets and apply what you have learned on wind resource assessment.

This course is intended to students with a bachelor level or professionals who have some basic knowledge in fluid mechanics and wanted to gain an extra scientific knowledge on wind resource assessment. This is a scientific course of master level

For more information, check out École Polytechnique's e-learning platform.

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Alexandre Stegner is a CNRS Researcher at the Dynamic Meteorology Lab. (LMD) and Associate Professor at École Polytechnique.


Philippe Drobinski is research director at CNRS and specialized in meteorology and regional climate modelling. He has coordinated several national and international projects on Mediterranean meteorology and climate and its impact on water and energy (e.g. the international program HyMeX on the Mediterranean water cycle). At École polytechnique, Philippe Drobinski coordinates the TREND-X program on energy transition. He is the author or co-author of more than 130 book chapters and articles. He teaches meteorology and renewable energy resources at Masters level at École Polytechnique.

Riwal Plougonven has worked on atmospheric dynamics since his PhD at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (1999-2002). He has been a post-doc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, has been a lecturer at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His main topics of research have been atmospheric dynamics and internal gravity waves, using theoretical, numerical and observational approaches. Since 2013 he has started working and teaching on wind energy, with a focus on wind forecasting.

Martial Haeffelin is a senior research scientist with 25-year experience in atmospheric remote sensing research. He conducted research on the effect of clouds on the global Earth radiation budget at the NASA Langley Research Center (VA, USA) from 1993-2001. In 2002, he initiated a surface-based atmospheric observation program for CNRS-IPSL, developed a world-class atmospheric observatory located in École polytechnique, and directed this program for 15 years. He is currently the Deputy Director of Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, in charge of Earth Observations, and acts as scientific director of ACTRIS-FR a French research infrastructure dedicated to support climate research. Dr. Haeffelin conducts research on cloud physical processes and remote sensing, as well as cloud effects on the solar resource for photovoltaic energy production. He is the author and co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles.