Course code FORN200

FORN200 Energy Systems and Production Technologies

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Course responsible: Erling Holden
Teachers: Vegard Bøe
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2009H
Course contents:

The course gives an introduction to technical and economic aspects of transforming renewable energy resources, as well as how energy systems provide society with energy services for stationary and mobile purposes. The course has three main themes:

  • Energy system: Introduction to the global and national energy system, including data for energy production, distribution / storage, and use for stationary and mobile purposes. Both renewable and non-renewable energy resources will be discussed.
  • Technology: Introduction to the mechanisms that create renewable energy sources, technologies to transform these energy sources into use, and consequences for society and the environment. The main emphasis on solar, bio, water and wind energy, but also other energy sources will be addressed.
  • Analysis: Introduction to methods for analyzing energy projects regarding economics, environment, and energy efficiency. Emphasis on renewable energy.
Learning outcome:


After completing the course, students will have a good overview of renewable energy resources, current transformation technologies, solutions for distribution and storage of energy, as well as energy demand for stationary and mobile purposes. The student must:

  • Know databases / websites for energy statistics and apply existing national and international statistics for the entire energy system.
  • Know how renewable energy sources occur, the most common technologies for transforming the sources into stationary and mobile purposes, and the consequences this has for society and the environment.
  • Be able to use the most common methods for energy analysis, including energy efficiency, energy chain analysis, energy scenarios, ecological footprints, cost-benefit analyzes, and levelized cost of energy.


Students should be able to describe how conversion of different energy resources plays together in an energy system, and be able to perform basic technical and economic calculations for different energy resources and technologies.

General competence

Students receive training in describing, analyzing and calculating technical, economic and systemic aspects of various renewable energy solutions.

Learning activities:
Lectures, exercises, group work.
Teaching support:
Blok: Blok, K. & Nieuwlaar, E. 2017. Introduction to Energy Analysis. Second Edition. Routledge.Comp: Compendium (COMP). Excerpt from: Holden, E., Banister, D., Gössling, S., Gilpin. G. & Linnerud, K. 2020. Grand narratives of sustainable mobility: A conceptual review. Energy Research & Social Science, 65, 101454.Stephen Peake (ed) (2018): Renewable Energy. Power for a Sustainable Future (Fourth Edition). Oxford University PressNorwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. 2014. Bioenergy in Norway. NVE Report 41.Buchla, David et al. 2015. Renewable energy systems, Pearson EducationLN: lecture notes

Subject to changes.

FORN100 (or equivalent), FYS100 (or equivalent), MATH100 (or equivalent), BUS100 (cost-benefit analyzes)
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Written final exam. Approved exercises.
Nominal workload:
Ca.300 hours lectures, exercises, and self study.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
60 hours lectures and exercises.
Sensor evaluates the exam assignment.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Combined assessment: A - E / F