Course code FORNY210

FORNY210 Bio energy - technology and value chains

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Course responsible: Erik Trømborg
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in the spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in the spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2022-2023
Course contents:

The course gives an introduction to technical, economical and environmental aspects of bioenergy and the use of biomass for different energy services. Included topics are:

  • Biomass resources - properties and availability
  • Biofuels, energy content and combustion
  • Technologies for biobased heat, power and fuels for transport
  • Profitability and markets for bioenergy
  • Bioenergy and the environment
Learning outcome:

A candidate with a completed qualification has the following learning outcomes in the course:


Good overview of value chains and technologies for bioenergy, environmental effects and the role of bioenergy in the Norwegian and in the global energy system.

The student shall have:

  • Broad knowledge about availability and cots of different biomass resources
  • Know how biomass can be converted to different energy services
  • Know how the use of biomass influence climate and nature
  • Make appraisals of energy system benefits of bioenergy
  • Be aware of global challenges and opportunities related to sustainability and bioenergy


  • Be able to calculate energy content and efficiencies of different biofuels and technologies
  • Be able to analyse properties, costs and suitability of different biomass types
  • Be able to analyse the profitability of bioenergy technologies and projects
  • Describe the environmental effect of different bioenergy solutions

General competence:

  • The student can communicate and discuss issues related to economic, technological and climate and environmental aspects of bioenergy
  • The student must be able to communicate about academic issues that are dealt with in the course, both with specialists and to the general public
Learning activities:
Lectures, exercises and independent studies.
Teaching support:
Canvas. During office hours, lecturers can provide academic supervision to students.
A reading list will be available at Canvas.
FORNY100 or SKOG100
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Approved exercise and any excursion.
Written exam (3 hours).
Nominal workload:
125 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
5 credits with FORN310.
Type of course:
25 hours lectures and 12 hours exercises
The external examiner will contribute to defining the exam problem set and will assess all exam answers.
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades