TEK5300 – Renewable Energy: Science and Technology

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

Renewable energy can be defined as energy generated from natural sources. This course will give an overview of the main scientific principles and technologies related to harnessing and conversion of the earth´s renewable energy sources, combined with a wide range of case studies, laboratory activities and excursions at various research institutes and industries. Among the topics: indirect uses of solar energy such as wind and hydroelectric power, bioenergy; non-solar renewable energy such as tidal power, geothermal energy; integration into the grid system; sustainability of renewable energy, future prospects and policies scenario.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will know how to:

  • Describe the various renewable energy sources and the possible conversion paths to a useful form of energy; learn the principles of the heat engine cycle.
  • Describe the aerodynamics of wind turbines and calculate their power, energy production and the effect of the blade design; discuss the siting of turbines in relation to their output and their environmental impact.
  • Explain the principles of hydroelectricity; describe how biomass is currently used as a source of energy, its future potential both in providing energy and in producing alternative fuels.
  • Explain the physical principles of wave energy, the generation of tides and how to harness their power; describe the physics of geothermal resources, the thermal gradient and heat flow in sedimentary basins.
  • Discuss the integration of intermittent renewable electricity into the grid system through laboratory exercises; compare the efficiency of different energy storage solutions (e.g. batteries, fuel cell and hydrogen storage); review the latest advancement in the materials development applied to renewable energy.
  • Analyze the sustainability of renewable energy, the carbon abatement policies, the principles of CO2 capture and storage; gain an interdisciplinary approach to the issues raised by renewable energy; discuss how the risks and benefits of a particular strategy can be assessed.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

PhD students must register for TEK9300.

The courses TEK5300 and TEK9300 have common admission, with a maximum of 40 places. Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. Students with admission to the Master's programme Renewable Energy Systems.

  2. PhD students at the MN faculty who have the course as part of the approved curriculum and visiting PhD students.

  3. For the remaining places, students will be given admission on a first-come-first-served basis.

Overlapping courses


The course has 3 hours of lectures or group exercises each week throughout the semester. There will be arranged visits and laboratory experiences in various research facilities.

A mandatory assignment must be approved in order to take the final exam.


There will be held an oral exam in the end of the semester, which counts for 100% in the grade assessment. In case of many students a written exam may be held instead.

The course has a mandatory assignment which must be approved in order to take the final exam. 

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: TEK9300 – Renewable Energy: Science and Technology, UNIK4800 – Renewable Energy: science and technology (continued), UNIK9800 – Renewable Energy: science and technology (continued).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 20, 2020 11:16:31 AM

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