Immerse yourself in on- and offshore wind energy!


Wind Energy meets Hydrogen

Start: September
  • Environment
  • Science and Engineering

Are you interested in sustainable energy, and in particular wind energy? Would you like to work on interesting projects with other students from various engineering disciplines? Would you like to learn everything about on- and offshore wind energy and join national and international excursions to small and large wind turbine manufacturers? This is your chance!

During this programme, you will deal with various themes that play a role in the offshore and onshore wind industry. For example; the design, construction, operation and maintenance of relatively small to very large wind turbines. You will learn about wind turbines with a horizontal and vertical axis, about the challenges surrounding electricity networks and how to deal with the varying energy yield of wind energy. We'll also take a side trip into hydrogen technology and look at how you can use hydrogen as a buffer alongside wind energy.

We introduce you to theory about turbine blade aerodynamics, the conversion to electricity, but also the challenges this poses to the electricity network. We will also bring you into contact with various large and small companies in the rapidly changing market in offshore and onshore wind energy. We are looking for ambitious students who want to roll up their sleeves and learn about renewable energy and wind turbines.

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The Wind Energy programme has been developed in cooperation with Groningen Energy Transition Center (ENTRANCE), companies, and knowledge and research institutions. The programme is currently divided into 4 modules:

  1. Introduction Wind Energy. The principles of wind energy are dealt with in class. We will also work with various calculation tools (Solid Works, calculation models in Excel, etc.). During a practical session our small wind tunnel is used.
  2. Safety, Management and IO&M. In this module we go on a one week excursion to Denmark. We look at what safety aspects apply, for example, when installing and maintaining wind turbines, when performing work in workshops, and when using hydrogen. All participating students need to obtain their internationally recognized industrial safety certificate (VCA / SCC).
  3. Design and Realisation. Composites are an important component in the construction of wind turbine blades. This module is dedicated to the theory of composites and the testing of different homemade composite materials.
  4. Development, Implementation and Professionalisation. In this module you will work with a group of students on one or more projects. We have projects with partners from the wind turbine market, but students can also propose their own projects. In addition, this module includes the micro-wind turbine challenge, in which students build their own micro-wind turbine that is tested in our small wind tunnel. The student who can generate the most electrical power will be the winner of this challenge. We will also go on an excursion to one of the small wind turbine manufacturers near the city of Groningen.

Please note that the schedule for this programme may vary from week to week. The programme is intensive and students who apply for this programme are expected to be available and present for the whole duration of the programme.

Extra costs

Costs of excursions: € 77 personal contribution for the week excursion to Denmark. Additional costs may apply for voluntary excursions and if the SCC exam is passed.

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Before you can start

You can apply for this programme if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a third- or fourth-year college student who has passed the propaedeutic year. 
  • You have an affinity for onshore and offshore windindustry and other forms of renewable energy. 
  • You have a hands-on and no-nonsense mentality. 
  • You are following a technical college education, preferably one that meets the competency profiles of 'Bachelor of Engineering' or 'Bachelor of Applied Sciences' or 'Bachelor of Built Environment'. 

Do you not meet the requirements, but would like to take the minor and do you have technical affinity? Please contact us and we will look at the possibilities!

Admission & application

Are you a student of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and do you want to apply for this programme? You can apply through Osiris. 

Are you a student of a different university of applied sciences in the Netherlands, you can apply for the programme through the website Kies op Maat.

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  • Environment
  • Science and Engineering