This course is discontinued

FYS4540 – Energy physics- solar energy

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

Energy needs, energy consumption and energy conservation from a physics perspective. Solar energy; energy density, availability, time and angle dependency, spectral characteristics. Methods used for solar energy exploitation, including absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation from different materials, as well as technical design and construction of devices for solar energy exploitation. Methods and equipment for measurement and evaluation of energy systems.

Learning outcome

The course will give an understanding of basic principles of energy consumption and energy conservation, from both a physical and a social perspective. It will give skills and understanding about how solar energy can be exploited, with emphasis on the physical processes and limitations/possibilities. In particular, emphasis will be placed on the experimental aspect and technical measurement aspects of the characterization and evaluation of solar energy as well as various other types of energy systems.


Recommended previous knowledge

FYS3320 – Physics and energy resources (discontinued)


Approx. 35 hours of lectures in the autumn semester, if possible arranged as intensive teaching. As a part of the course, there is a compulsory practical measurement task, which is carried out at the SOLLAB in the Department, or at another suitable plant/laboratory.


Final oral exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Notice: the course might not be taught in fall 2014.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)