Course code FORN330

FORN330 Renewable Energy Systems Analysis

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Course responsible: Thomas Martinsen, Muyiwa Samuel Adaramola
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 starts in August block. This course has teaching in August block, teaching and evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2016H
Preferential right:
Course contents:

This course is project based and the students will apply knowledge acquired from previous courses in the master program at Renewable Energy regarding renewable technologies, analyses of projects, systems and challenges related to renewable energy. FORN330 will give students in depth knowledge in three topics:

  • Energy system analysis,
  • Techno-economic assessment of renewable energy
  • Scientific writing

The energy system analysis part includes theory and exersizes in system analysis and modelling of renewable energy systems. In the techno-economic assessment part, the students shall select a renewable energy project and write a term paper where appropriate technologies are evaluated and analyzed with respect to environmental and economic impacts of different alternatives and recommend the best solutions. In the scientific writing part, the students will write a scientific review paper on  research issues chosen for their master thesis.

Learning outcome:

Knowledge After completed course, student should have a holistic understanding of the energy system and possess a solid scientific basis for analysis of alternative solutions with respect to designing and performing techno-economic analysis of energy systems.

Skills The student should be able to explain: Crosscutting issues and planning processes relevant to the development of energy systems; functions of the energy system and the inter-connection of the different elements (sub-systems) and, the impact of core driving forces of energy demand including energy efficiency and flexibility.

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, exercises, project work
Teaching support:
Fronter. During office hours, lecturers can provide academic supervision to students.
A reading list will be handed out at the first lecture
MATH100, BUS230, RØP310, FORN300, FORN310  or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Approved exercises, article review and presentation,approved scientific writing

A 2.5-hour written exam on energy system analysis (counts for 60%) and continuous assessment, which comprise of techno-economic assessment (counts for 40%). All of the evaluated elements in the course must be passed to pass the course.

An external sensor will evaluate/grade the reports. Both the written presentation and the technical-economic analysis will be evaluated and influence the grade. Writing skills will be evaluated with respect to clarity of sentences and paragraph(s), and consistency and information flow through the report. Sensor evaluates use of references, tables and figures including corresponding text. The technical ¿economic analysis will be evaluated with respect to description of method, estimation of energy generation, technical solution(s) and corresponding economic analysis and description of environmental and esthetic measures. Discussion and arguments supporting the recommendation as well as consistency between introduction, results presented and discussion will affect the grade.

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.
Examination details: Written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått