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Postgraduate course

Energy Systems and Technology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeENERGI220
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Teaching semester

Autumn, first time autumn 2020

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course aims at giving the students insight into various technologies for use of energy for heating, cooling, electrical power as well as transport. The students shall be able to quantitatively estimate efficiencies and perform life cycle analyses of energy systems.
The course shall enhance the students understanding on how basic physical and thermodynamical principles apply to transformation and use of various forms of energy.

The course discusses the basic principles for utilization of renewable energy resources as solar energy, wind energy, hydropower, tidal and wave energy, bioenergy and geothermal energy. The principles for utilization of nuclear power and fossil energy resources are also discussed. Challenges related to energy systems with a large fraction of renewable energy are discussed, including choice of energy carrier and storage of energy. Various aspects related to optimization and lifecycle analysis of energy systems are also discussed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • can explain the basic physical and thermodynamic principles related to transformation of energy between various forms
  • can explain and describe the challenges related to complex systems for energy supply


The student

  • can quantify efficiencies in transformation of energy between various forms
  • can perform lifecycle analysis of energy systems

General competence

The student

  • knows the various concepts to a level that makes him / her capable to communicate with specialists within the various energy technologies.
  • can convey principles and challenges related to energy resources, energy carriers and use of energy to non-specialists.

Required Previous Knowledge

All mandatory courses or equivalent, until the 6. semester has to be passed.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to The integrated master-s programme in Energy (5 years) at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Teaching and learning methods

4 lectures, 1 excercise per week. The exercises will include practice in calculations and discussions of topics addressed in the lectures. Parts of the time allocated to exercise will be used for project work.

Also excursions to energy companies and installations will be included.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

2/3 of the assignments and the project report must be handed in and approved to be admitted to final exam.
Valid for two semesters: The semester the compulsory assignment was approved and the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

Written exam, 4 hours counts 70% and project work counts 30%.

Examination Support Material

Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Referent groups will be used.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.


Geophysical Institute


Contact Information

Lecturer and adminstrative contact person can be found at Mitt UiB. Alternatively you may contact the student advisor at Geophysical Institute.

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. Autumn 2020 written exams will be arranged either at home or on campus. Please see course information on MittUiB.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline