Wind Energy Fundamentals (Athens, Nauplio, Samos)

Wind Energy Fundamentals (Athens, Nauplio, Samos) new course e1606211692806

Application Deadline: April 1

Wind Energy Fundamentals include topics such as wind resource assessment, basic principles of wind turbines and power transmission, wind siting, electricity markets and wind power, the technological and economic aspect of storage of intermittent wind power, project management, international markets, and environmental impact assessment processes for wind developments. Modern wind turbines play an important role in the production of electricity. This course provides an overview of wind turbine technology and energy concepts. It is designed for non-engineering majors. The question of whether wind technology (or any other renewable source) can impact the energy crisis will be debated. The course gives an overview of fluid dynamic, thermodynamic, and rotor dynamic concepts as they apply to wind technologies. The fundamentals of energy measurement, energy availability, energy transmission, and energy consumption will be covered and used to strengthen the debate.

Course Details


This course requires a minimum enrollment of 10, with a maximum enrollment of 16.


60 contact hours

Essential Information

The course starts and ends in Athens. Transportation between Athens and the rest of the course’s destinations, as well as during day excursions is included in the course fee.

Enrolled students will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about residing in Athens. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: and

IMPORTANT NOTE: This course involves extensive travel.  Be wary of overpacking.  Pack only what you can carry comfortably, because you will be required to check- in and out of accommodations for each stay/travel segment of this course. It will also be useful to bring with you travel-size cosmetics.


Students are housed within walking distance of the CYA Academic Center in either CYA student apartments located in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens or in hotel accommodations arranged by CYA. CYA apartments are simply furnished and equipped with a full kitchen and air-conditioned bedrooms; towels, linens and housekeeping service will be provided. Hotel accommodations will be in simple 2- or 3-star hotels, double- or triple-occupancy, with air-conditioned rooms.


The CYA Academic Center is located next to the Athens Marble Stadium and houses classrooms, the library, the student lounge and cafeteria, computer facilities (including wireless access for those students who choose to bring laptop computers), laundry facilities, and administrative offices. The Academic Center is accessible Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


When class is in Athens a full mid-day meal will be served weekdays in the CYA cafeteria between the hours of 12:00-3:00 p.m.  While traveling, breakfast will be offered at the Hotel.  A welcome and a farewell dinner are also included in the course fee.


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Application deadline:  April 1