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Course content

Energy informatics exploit the state-of-the-art ICT (information and communication technology) to tackle the global warming and climate change challenges. The scope of energy informatics includes computing and communications technologies and their applications for sustainable energy sectors (e.g., smart grid, solar, electric vehicles, and storage). This course lay the foundations to understand where and how computer engineering techniques apply in the energy systems.

Learning outcome

After this course you have:

  • knowledge about different energy systems (e.g., smart grid, electric vehicles, vehicle-to-grid, storage, transport, buildings)
  • knowledge about renewable energy resources (e.g., solar and wind) and their impacts on energy systems
  • an understandig for smart grid concepts & components, including smart meters, advanced metering infrastructure, information networks, demand response, and pricing schemes
  • an understanding of where and how computer science techniques (e.g., cloud computing, fog computing, 5G, software defined networking, big data, game theory, optimization) apply for future sustainable energy systems
  • learned to model power systems with software tools and real data sets to assess impact of smart grid concepts, integration of renewable resources, storage, and electric vehicles
  • met invited speakers from industry and understand the good connection between principles and their applications in real systems
  • a deep understanding of cyber-physical model of energy systems and application of the state-of-the-art ICT


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

This course covers necessary knowledge related to ICT tools and energy systems. The students should have basic ICT knowledge. The related courses can be INF3190, INF1060 and INF2220.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with INF5870 – Energy Informatics (continued)


This course has lectures, seminars, invited talks from both industry and other universities/institutes, group work, assignments. Specifically, we have

  •   seminars, 3 hours per week
  •   invited speakers from industry
  •   invited speakers from other universities or institutes
  •   project assignments and group work
  •   research articles reading and group work
  •  1 presentation and group work  Rules for mandatory assignments.

The first lecture is mandatory.


Oral examination that counts 60 % of the grade, Project assignments counting 20%; presentation counting 20%. All mandatory assignments have to be accepted in order to take the exam. All parts must be passed and all parts must be passed in the same semester.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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