Course code FORN330

FORN330 Renewable Energy Systems Analysis

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Course responsible: Thomas Martinsen
Teachers: Bjørn Reidar Langerud
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course has teaching and evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2016H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

FORN330 have three main topics with focus on techno-economic analysis:

  • Assessment of renewable energy projects,
  • Energy system analysis

In Part 1 an energy generation project development is analysed in accordance with the license requirements and results are presented by groups in an assignment report. The report shall include technological solution(s) that is evaluated in terms of resource, energy production, environmental impacts and economics. (part 2) Energy System Analysis includes energy demand and the theory and practice of methods to determine how the system as a whole can be optimized. Analysis of a single energy system by means of calculation, linear optimization in Excel is conducted and presented in an individual assignment. Students will become familiar with the method and format for scientific literature study through work on relevant articles. Students have the opportunity to receive feedback on a study of relevant literature on the topic of their own master's thesis.

Learning outcome:

Knowledge After completing the course, the student should have advanced knowledge of the energy system and method for analyzing alternative energy solutions with regard to techno-economic criteria and choice of system boundary. It includes the method for projecting demand for energy services and energy carriers, and potential impact from technological development. Furthermore, have broad knowledge of energy-economy-environment models. Know what characterizes a literature study.


  • The student should be able to carry out interdisciplinary analyzes relevant to the development of energy systems.
  • Be able to describe the functions of the energy system and interconnection with linear equations.
  • Be able to calculate the potential impact of "learning" for single technologies. Based on acquired knowledge and skills, the student should be able to conduct a written presentation of a techno-economic analysis.
  • Be able to write a literature study based on scientific articles.

General competence Be able to plan and execute a project in collaboration with other students, and present the contents of a scientific article.

Learning activities:
Lectures, exercises, hand-in, presentation for the class and colloquium. 
Teaching support:
Comments and feedback on hand-ins, review of the exersizes in class and professional guidance in teacher's office hours.
The syllabus will be handed out in the first lecture.
MATH100, BUS230, RØP330, FORN300, FORN310  or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
First lecture. Approved hand-ins and participation in company visit.

A 2.5-hour written exam on energy system analysis (counts for 67 %) and continuous assessment, which comprise of techno-economic assessment (counts for 33 %). All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.

In the analysis of energy development, each group consists of three students. An external examiner will evaluate the reports. Both written presentation and technical-economic analysis will be evaluated and influence the grade. Clarity in sentence and paragraph structure, consistency and information flow through the report, use of references, tables and figures including figure / table text, will be evaluated. In the techno-economic analysis, a description of the method, estimation of energy production, technical solutions and related economic calculations, and description of the environment and aesthetic measures will be evaluated. Discussion and justification for the report's academic recommendation and correlation between introduction, results and discussion affect the grade. At the grade F the group will be able to deliver a revised report and the new grade will then be an average between F and the grade received on the revised report.

Other hand-ins will be evaluated to pass/fail. 

Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Ca. 100 hours lectures, seminars, lectures,  exercises and  students' presentation
The external examiner assesses the exam results.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått