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Wind for Schools Nebraska Wind Applications Center Jerry Hudgins Department of Electrical Engineering University of Nebraska - Lincoln. NWAC Organizational Structure. Director, Dr. Jerry L. Hudgins Assistant Director, Joel Jacobs. Other NWAC Faculty.

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Wind for SchoolsNebraska Wind Applications CenterJerry HudginsDepartment of Electrical EngineeringUniversity of Nebraska - Lincoln

Nwac organizational structure
NWAC Organizational Structure

Director, Dr. Jerry L. Hudgins

Assistant Director, Joel Jacobs.

Other nwac faculty
Other NWAC Faculty

  • Dr. Dean Patterson, electric machine and power converter designs.

  • Dr. Sohrab Asgarpoor, specializing in power system reliability and distributed generation systems.

  • Dr. Wei Qiao, specializing in distributed generation systems, wind turbine monitoring, and grid connection issues.

Nwac activities
NWAC Activities

Interactions and support of the WfS State Facilitator

School participant assessment - WfS

Interfacing with school representatives and local utility personnel on some turbine installation specifics - WfS

Coordination of material and sub-system procurement - WfS

Supervise installation - WfS

Curriculum development

Student projects


Nwac facilities resources
NWAC Facilities & Resources

Skystream wind turbine nacelle used for research projects

Lab tour for WfS Teachers and Administrators

Turbine installation at Elkhorn Valley HS, Tilden

Schools involved in wind for schools program
Schools Involved in Wind for Schools Program

Red: Installed turbines Blue: Installation in progress

Green: Installation approved for next year White: Contacted, visited and expressed interest

Curriculum in wind energy grid power and related topics
Curriculum in Wind Energy, Grid Power, and Related Topics

Undergraduate Courses:

ELEC 498a - Wind Energy

ELEC 438 – Introduction to Electric Power Engineering

ELEC 428 – Power Electronics

ELEC 498b – Electric Machines

Graduate Courses:

ELEC 898a - Wind Energy

ELEC 838 – Introduction to Electric Power Engineering

ELEC 828 – Power Electronics

ELEC 898b – Electric Machines

Wind energy systems nebraska energy science minor

Energy in Society (3)ENSC 110



Energy Systems (3)ENSC 220

Core Curriculum9 credits

Energy, Economy and Environment (3)ENSC 230


Food Systems*

200-400 Level




(Animal Science,


200-400 Level




200-400 Level




200-400 Level

Wind Energy Systems – Nebraska Energy Science Minor

Available to all majors at UNL

Three-course sequence required followed by three courses of appropriate electives

Student projects examples
Student Projects: Examples

  • Senior Design Teams and Individual Projects

    • Integration of PV array and small wind turbine on dc bus

    • Data logging and telemetry for wind and solar

    • MET Tower data logging and wireless transfer

    • Power converters for solar array and wind turbine system for battery charger and ac power

    • Wind Resource Assessment and Siting

    • Small wind turbine installations and grid connection

    • Permanent Magnet Machine design, fabrication, and testing

      • Linear

      • Axial Flux

Distributed power systems smart grid research
Distributed Power Systems & Smart Grid Research

  • Advanced Computer Applications in Planning, Design, and Operation of Electric Power Systems

  • Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Power Systems Under Uncertainty

  • Impact of Maintenance and Equipment Aging on System Reliability

  • Survivability and Vulnerability Assessment of Energy Infrastructure

  • Monitoring, Diagnostics, and Control of Electric Power Systems

  • Renewable energy systems and distributed generation

  • Microgrids

  • Power system control, stability and performance optimization

  • Power electronics

  • Computational intelligence and its application in electric energy systems

Energy Systems, Power Electronicsand Devices

1.90 mm

Hydrogen Production from Wind Sources

UNL Test Turbine

Advanced Semiconductors for Power Converters

Synchronous Generators for Wind Turbines (permanent magnet axial-flux machines)

  • International Symposium Co-Sponsored by NWAC and Managed by NWAC FacultyJune 24-26, 2009

  • International Slate of Speakers: GE, Vestas/Aalborg Univ., North Wind, NREL, EPRI, EUREL,Univ. Wisconsin, Oregon State Univ.

  • 88 attendees (engineers); ½ academic, ½ industry & government

  • 8 countries represented from North America, Europe, Asia, and South America