In a press release from the Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry 20/7-2011 a target is set to have 67.5% renewable energy production in Norway in 2020. This is an increase of 9.5% from 2005. To achieve these ambitious goals, we must educate many more people with knowledge of renewable energy sources. Many businesses focus today on renewable energy sources (hydro, bio, solar, geothermal heat / heat pump, air, water) and these will require candidates with specialist knowledge in the field. The public sector will also need people with expertise in renewable energy. The public sector in Norway makes choices that affect social development, such as introducing requirements for sustainability and energy labeling. This requires knowledge about renewable energy.
The study program Bachelor of renewable energy will be focused on renewable sources. Through the program, graduates will gain skills in energy accounting, as well as production, delivery, management, use and distribution of various forms of energy.
A survey of 300 companies and municipalities in Norway gave 108 responses and revealed a need of over 500 people per year with the expertise in renewable energy that this study provides. Based on the suggestions that came out of the survey is the main focus in this study placed on technology, so that future job opportunities should be very good.
The study is carried out as a collaboration between the College of Gjøvik (GUC), Lillehammer University College (LUC) and Hedmark University College (HiHm).
This is a full time bachelor degree course with a normal duration of three years giving 180 ECTS credit points.
Expected learning outcomes
After completing the Bachelor of renewable energy, the students have acquired solid basis in technologies for the production, delivery, management, use and distribution of renewable energy. This includes hydropower, bioenergy, solar, geothermal heat and wind. Calculation of energy accounting will also be an important topic. This provides a good basis to develop and acquire additional knowledge and skills in a working career.
The program will make students eligible to work in a variety of private companies both nationally and internationally, and within the public sector. The degree provides the skills to work in include:
- Energy planning
- Energy use in existing and new buildings
- Distribution of energy
- Energy use in dwellings attitudes and industry
- Utilization of alternative energy sources
- Local energy production and nationwide energy production
The study aimed to applicants who want an education in the direction of interesting and challenging work in renewable energy sources. These could be people who have just finished high school, or those with equivalent qualifications from his professional life.
Candidates are required to have general admission qualification or "Real" qualification + Mathematics R1
Applicants who do not meet math requirement, may apply to study via R1-course at GUC (local admission). R1-course is taken before the normal startup.
The program is structured so that in the first year is given some basic energy and economics courses, which to a large extent lay the foundation for the second year. Third year will focus on using the knowledge gained from the first two years to analyze and model more energy systems. An introduction to how the energy market works nationally and internationally is important information to include in the third year. Students will study through getting a good theoretical merits in the various technologies in renewable energy as well as some practice in these fields. Modelling of different forms of energy and good knowledge to see how different forms of energy can be used separately or together to solve energy needs. Project and management disciplines and skills to participate in small and large projects.
All courses in the program is manadtory except one course in third year year which is elective. As elective courses it is recommended to take innovation, innovation, finance or management topics. Other relevant courses that you have the background knowledge to take can also be selected. A table of recommended elective courses are the very end of this plan.