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Wind energy is an important form of renewable energy, and unlike solar energy it is available year-round during day and night. Electrical power from wind energy also plays a great role in sustainability plans for the Netherlands and other European countries, especially off-shore. This minors covers all of the most important aspects of these developments.

Wind energy is a booming business internationally. And with this there is a gap of around 20.000 jobs in this sector in Europe alone in the next 10 years. Also to illustrate, the Dutch Government has planned almost 8 GW of wind capacity to be built in the North Sea in that period. If we would base on the largest wind turbine currently available this roughly translates into about 650 wind turbines the size of the Eifel tower across several off-shore wind farms. There is thus a great need for project staff in technical, economic- and management areas in the wind industry. Both in specialists and generalist areas, from R&D to planning, assembly and operations of wind farms.

This course deals with all the key aspects of harvesting wind energy using offshore wind farms. It is a unique study designed for students with an interest in engineering, civil and project planning aspects of wind energy. It is also an exchange course, allowing students all over the world to get familiar with wind-energy, especially off-shore, from the perspective one of the most active countries in these developments worldwide. Sign up for the Wind Energy exchange course at HAN University of Applied Sciences if you are interested and want to learn more on this fascinating subject.

The HAN has close ties with the professional wind industry and works closely with the wind energy services company Outsmart headquartered in Velp, close to Arnhem. This is enshrined also in a large number of excursions and guest lectures from speakers within the sector. All this will enable you to find success in the wind market. This minor has served in the past to get students more interested in this field and every year has thus far delivered students that have started in the wind energy sector. The Wind Energy exchange course is comprehensive and practical. It prepares you for a many different roles in the professional field of wind energy.

You will learn about the construction, utilisation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

An overview of the technical, planning, financial and legal aspects in the various phases of developing an offshore wind farm:


  • Total Cost of Ownership
  • Forecasting the effects on the environment
  • (International) legislation


  • (International) legislation
  • Choice of location
  • Development
  • Safety
  • Construction (electrical infrastructure, wind turbines, generators, transport and installation)
  • Certification


  • Licenses
  • Technical issues
  • Contracts


  • Building and maintenance safety
  • Project management
  • Transport and installation
  • Sustainable investment decision


  • Availability on the market
  • Management of overabundance

The learning outcomes listed below will help you decide whether this exchange course matches your personal goals.

·         Understanding of the complexity of the full cycle of

          designing, constructing and maintaining offshore wind farms

·         Total overview of the cycle

·         Specialisation in the aspects that you find most relevant and interesting

·         Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and international team


General competencies

·         Acting from a multidisciplinary point of view

·         Managing and facilitating the process

·         Working in a systematic way according to project standards

·         Cooperation

·         Communicating in English

·         Analysing (production process, customer needs, chances and opportunities, etc.)

·         Advising (production optimisation, efficiency improvements,

          logistical systems, organisational development, etc.)


Technical competencies

·         Requirements engineering

·         Designing

·         Optimisation

·         Maintaining


Project planning competencies

·         Designing, improving and maintaining production and organisational processes

          (logistical systems, specific customer needs, organisation design)

·         Development, implementation and evaluation of change processes

·         Sustainable investment decision

·         Implementing and maintaining (managing production processes,

          product portfolio, customer relations)

·         Thinking and acting commercially (buying and selling, market research, negotiating). 

           Selling the concept based on analysis of rentability and return on investment.

·         International cooperation (outsourcing, cultural differences)

·         Understanding grant applications, fund raising, etc.

Entry level requirements

An exchange course will be of most benefit to you if it complements your study and/or your professional profile, is at an appropriate level and does not overlap with your major.

Students from the following study backgrounds (bachelor) are allowed to the minor:

·         Mechanical Engineering (Werktuigbouwkunde)

·         Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Elektrotechniek)

·         Industrial Design Engineering (Industrieel Product Ontwerpen)

·         Industrial Engineering & Management (Technische Bedrijfskunde)

·         Building Engineering (Bouwkunde)

·         Civil Engineering (Civiele Techniek)

·         Automotive Engineering (Autotechniek)

·         Environmental Science / Environmental Engineering (Mileukunde)

If your study is not listed here above but has a close connection to the topic please feel free to sign up. We will look carefully at your application and if the connection present you will be allowed into the minor; It is impossible to list an exhaustive list of studies eligible for entry into the minor here.

For whom?
All Dutch and English speaking international students with an interest in the subject.

Admission requirements

A minimum of 120 ECTS credits is required for students studying at Dutch institutions

International students must first complete their application. Based on this information it will be decided whether a student is allowed into the minor. It may be that there is a request for further information or that we ask that the student takes an intake assessment to determine whether the required entry level is met.


During this exchange course your performance will be assessed in the following ways:

·         Group presentation + report

·         Individual assessment

·         Individual written exams during the course

This exchange course has the following schedule and working methods:


·         3 days a week of various classes + guest lectures

·         1 day a week spent visiting companies/sites during excursions, etc. 

·         1 day a week of project work

Working methods

·         Lectures (maximum length: 2 hours)

·         Seminars with the student group

·         Visiting companies and sites on excursions

·         Composition of student groups: mixed groups of 4-6 students

          (multidisciplinary – teaching staff will classify on the basis of

           intake assessment and/or background)

·         There will be opportunities for students to add special topics to the course

           if this fits into the roster


·         Offered only in the 1st semester of the year (Sep-Jan)

·         Major role for industry in the course

Block exchange course
This exchange course is offered once per year during a semester.

Type of exchange course
This is a differentiation exchange course. This means it enables you to develop your professional competences in a different/broader context.

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