Renewable Energy Technology
2014-2015 - TØL4121 - 10 ECTS

On the basis of

  • TØL4041 Sustainable Development
  • TØL4151 Life Cycle Assessment or TØL4161 Sustainable Products Innovation

Expected learning outcomes

Having completed the courses, the student should have


The main purpose of this course is to introduce students with renewable energy resources availability, potential and deplorability as a substitute for conventional energy resources in future energy demand.

  • Advanced knowledge about different renewable energy resources
  • Thorough understanding on issues relevant to energy efficiency and energy storage.
  • Advanced knowledge about potential of using renewable energy technologies as a complement to and to the extent possible, replacement for conventional technologies, and possibilities to combining renewable and non-renewable energy technologies in hybrid systems.
  • Knowledge about strategies for enhancing the use of renewable energy resources for future demand.


  • Analysis on importance of renewable energy solutions for sustainable development
  • Able to identify sustainable energy solutions for sustainable development
  • Able to carry out techno-economic assessment
  • Determination and analyzing emission in conventional energy systems

General competence:

  • Develop competency in identifying renewable energy resources availability and utilization.
  • Develop competency in rating different renewable energy technologies
  • Students demonstrate competency in renewable systems analysis, independently.


Introduction to conventional and Renewable energy sources environmental impacts, challenges and future trends, fundamentals, potential, estimation and, applications:

  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Hydropower
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Tidal Energy
  • Osmotic power
  • Wave Energy

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be made accessible for both campus- and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement.

The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. Lectures that sum up the main issues in the lecture will also be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (Fronter).

Tutoring are given at campus in accordance to announced times. In addition there will be at least one gathering at campus for remote students with mandatory laboratory/computer based exercise. Tutoring is also available through internet.

In case of less than 4 students, the course will be based on self-study.

Form(s) of Assessment

Home exam, 12 hours
Oral exam, individually

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • 12 hour individual home exam is given a temporary grade.
  • Individual oral examination (15 minutes) may adjust the grade up or down to the final grade.
  • Students must pass the home exam to be able to present themselves for the oral examination.
  • Students must pass both parts to pass the course
  • For off campus students the oral exam will be arranged through web conference.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Two internal examiners. In 2015 there will be an external examiner in addition to one internal.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit for the home exam (next August). For the oral exam there will be a re-sit in agreement with the course responsible.

Coursework Requirements

3 individual compulsory assignments – all must be approved

Teaching Materials

Will be given at course start