Bachelor of Renewable Energy - BFEN

Short description

The energy supply in the world is completely dominated by fossil fuels. According to the International Energy Agency ( IEA ) fossil fuels accounts for about 80 % of the total energy supply in the world ( ) . The use of fossil fuels has unfortunately disadvantages because combustion of these fuels causes greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil energy sources are used for production of various products such as electricity, heat and fuel. Energy, transport and industry are the sectors which causes about 80 % of total global greenhouse gas emissions in terms of CO2 ( ) . If the international community should have a system with lower impact on the environment then a shift to a flexible system with an increasing share of renewable energy sources is more than necessary. It is not only the environmental aspects, but also the fact that fossil fuels are limited sources demands that a transition to a more sustainable energy system is essential for sustainable development. Energy and environmental issues are gaining attention in the political agenda in many countries. This in turn has led to that national and international energy and environmental goals have been set in response to energy and environmental challenges facing the world today . A concrete example of this is the EU's climate and energy policy of the so-called 20-20-20 targets ( 20 % reduction of primary energy consumption, 20 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 20 % increase in the use of renewable energy by 2020 ). In Norway, a goal of 67.5 % renewable energy share is set by 2020 ( press release from Oil and Energy Department 20/7-2011 ) . To achieve these energy and climate targets extensive efforts in many areas such as education, research and development are needed. As energy and climate change is very complex, it will require qualified individuals who have expertise in the area of ​​renewable energy and all its associated components in terms of resource, technology , economics and environmental impact. Many companies are investing in renewable energy ( hydropower, bioenergy , solar energy, wind energy , geothermal energy , etc.) and these will need candidates with specialist knowledge in the field . The public sector will also need people with skills in renewable energy. The public Norway make choices that affect social development, such as introducing requirements for sustainability and energy labeling. This requires knowledge about renewable energy / sustainable energy.

Study program Bachelor of renewable energy will focus on renewable energy / sustainable energy. Through the program, graduates will gain skills in production, delivery, use and distribution of different forms of energy which technology, economic and environmental aspects from different perspectives are covered.

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, use and distribution of renewable energy. This includes hydropower, bioenergy, solar energy and wind energy. Simulation/optimization of energy systems 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

• Evaluation and utilization of alternative energy sources local / regional / national
• Investment appraisal and energy markets
• Environmental issues and legislation
• Energy calculations and assessment of sustainability in buildings
• Design and project management
• Systems Analysis for utilization of flexible energy systems
• District Heating System

The specific learning outcomes will from NKR (National Qualifications Framework) provide the following learning outcomes of education at GUC:


the candidate:

  • has a broad knowledge of technologies of renewable/sustainable energy.
  • has knowledge of theories, issues, processes, tools and methods in renewable energy/sustainable energy
  • has knowledge of the Norwegian and global energy system and energy consumption.
  • recognizes the research and development work in the field of renewable energy/sustainable energy
  • can update their knowledge in the field of renewable energy/sustainable energy
  • has knowledge of the field of renewable energy, its history, traditions, uniqueness and place in society


the candidate:

  • can apply academic knowledge and relevant results from research and development of practical and theoretical issues and make reasoned choices
  • can explain the different renewable energy sources
  • can reflect on their professional practice and adjust this under guidance
  • can find, assess and refer to information and technical material and present it so that it highlights a problem
  • can master the computational and analytical tools for comparing different forms of energy

General competence

the candidate:

  • has knowledge of relevant technical and ethical issues
  • can plan and carry out varied tasks and projects that extend over time, alone and in groups, and in line with ethical requirements and guidelines
  • can convey key subject matter which theories, issues and solutions in written, oral, and through other appropriate forms of expression
  • can exchange views and experiences with others with a background in the field and thereby contribute to the development of good practice
  • is aware of innovation and innovation processes by including 3KK and Idelab-24.

Target Group

The study aimed to applicants who want an education in the direction of interesting and challenging work in renewable energy/Sustainable energy. These could be people who have just finished high school, or those with equivalent qualifications from his professional life.

Admission Criteria

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.

Course Structure

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. System analysis with integration of different forms of energy sources and technology 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 mandatory except one course in third year year which is elective. As elective courses it is recommended to take innovation, economy 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 page.

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