Course code FORN330

FORN330 Renewable Energy Systems Analysis

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2014 - 2015 .

Course responsible: Muyiwa Samuel Adaramola
Teachers: Thomas Martinsen, Monica Havskjold, Terje Gjengedal, Erik Trømborg, Torjus Folsland Bolkesjø
ECTS credits: 15
Faculty: Department of Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2011H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The energy system is in focus, from local (a single building) to a national scale. Complementary as well as competing solutions to meet demand for energy services will be discussed. The students will conduct analysis of a complete energy system focusing on security of supply and energy policy, including the establishment of a reference energy system, choice of system boundary and influence of technology learning. The strengths and weaknesses in the different approaches used in energy systems analysis will be discussed. Introduction to electricity transmission system and grid technologies, electricity trading system and smart-grid. Through practical exercises the students will receive training in written and verbal communication of cross-cutting subjects and results of research within the field of energy systems. Key elements in the course are:

  • Scientific writing, term paper
  • Energy system analysis, exercises and term paper (LP energy systems model and other methods)
  • Planning process for power plants (wind farm/hydropower), term paper
  • Energy design and technical-economic analysis tools - such as RETScreen and HOMER softwares; exercises and report.
  • Electricity grid, exercises
  • Selected literature review and presentation by students
Learning outcome:

After completed course, the student should have a holistic understanding of the energy system. (S)he should have a solid scientific basis for analysis of alternative solutions with respect to conversion of energy resources, energy distribution and energy systems efficiency.

The student should be able to explain cross-cutting issues and planning processes relevant to the development of energy systems. (S)he should be able to describe key characteristics of technologies for electricity grid, various reserve technologies, and criteria for smart grid.
Moreover, (s)he should also be able to explain the following:
- Functions of the energy system and the inter-connection of the different elements (sub-systems).
- The impact of core driving forces of energy demand including energy efficiency and flexibility.
- The approach used to optimally operate hydropower in an energy market.

General competence
Based on acquired knowledge and skills, the student should be able to explain the approach used and conduct a technical-economic analysis of power plants.

Learning activities:
Lectures, seminars, term paper, discussions, independent study
Teaching support:
Fronter. During office hours, lecturers can provide academic supervision to students.
A reading list will be handed out at the first lecture
BUS230, FORN300, FORN310 or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Seminars, excursions and term papers. Term assignment(s), term paper(s) and seminars will be evaluated and graded pass/fail.
Final written exam that last 3 hours counts 70%. August block test (3 houres) count for 30%. All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.
Nominal workload:
450 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Ca. 100 hours lectures, and seminars
The external examiner assesses the exam results.
Examination details: :