TEK9300 – Renewable Energy: science and technology

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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 (wind and hydroelectric power, bioenergy); non-solar renewable energy (tidal power, geothermal energy); integration into the grid system; sustainability of renewable energy, future prospects and policies scenario.

Learning outcome

This course aims to give students the foundation 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.
  • Write a critical perspective on a chosen topic in the form of an article to be published in an international journal, or in the form of an essay.Write a critical perspective on a chosen topic in the form of an article to be published in an international journal, or in the form of an essay.


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.

Master's students must register for TEK5300.

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.


Lectures and exercises. Visits and laboratory experiences in various research facilities. A compulsory assignment which has to be approved before you can enter the final examination.


The course has a midterm exam which counts for 50% of the final grade. A final exam at the end of the semester will count for the remaining 50% of the final grade.

The exam will be held orally, but in case of many students a written exam may be held instead.

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

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who have 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.

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.

Exam attempts in this course is counted together with UNIK9800 – Renewable Energy: science and technology (continued) and UNIK4800 – Renewable Energy: science and technology (continued)

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

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Every autumn


Every autumn

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