Wind Energy

Compulsary For MSc YES

Other than the negative climate change effects that the production of electricity from fossil fuels contribute, Lesotho has no known fossil fuels. This implies that energy production has to be carried out by other means. A number of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies have proved that Lesotho has huge potential to produce electricity from Wind Energy. Hence the appreciation and mastering of this technology presents opportunities both to increase the current insufficient electricity supply in the country and to contribute to the provision of clean energy. The course presents a broad overview of the technology covering aspects such as the availability of the resource, the characteristics of the wind and its impact on site selection, and the design, manufacture, and operation of modern wind turbines, their capabilities and limitations. The processes of setting up such systems, and their associated costs and environmental impacts will also be explored. 


  1. Analyze wind resource statistics (speed, direction, energy potential, variation with height, effects of terrain & obstacles and Weibull parameters)
  2. Simulate wind farms from the assessed wind resource using industry standard Wind Atlas Analysis and Application Program (WAsP)
  3. Develop wind farm projects taking into account critical socio-economic and environment matters
  4. Design wind farms taking into account power quality, grid integration, managing variability, operation and maintenance
  5. Design and fabricate micro turbines for charging small electronic gadgets such as phones and tablets
  6. Assess literature to source latest information regarding the wind technology and especially sources of finance