Renewable energy





Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




Basic knowledge of Thermodynamics

Main purpose

The purpose of the course is to ensure that the student will understand the design and calculation of renew-able energy plants with focus on energy production, energy savings and storage and environmental condi-tions


The student will acquire knowledge in,
– Energy savings
– Thermal solar heating and simulating of energy storage systems using TRNSYS 17
– Other thermal energy system (Packed-bed storage, storage wall and phase change energy storage)
– Biomass and biogas
– District heating and district heating network
– Geothermal energy
Renewable energy management (e.g. tax structures, costs for energy production, cost analyses, environmental issues)


Analyse the consumption of town or building and evaluate possible energy savings. Calculate the energy production from renewable sources with the integration of various energy storage scenarios. Calculate the eventually needs for supplementary fossil fuel production and the saving of CO2 emission.


The student will be able to communicate with students, engineers and companies about renewable energy and outline proposals for renewable energy supply. 



Teaching methods and study activities

The workload for student is expected to be 138 hours. There will be 3 lessons per week in 12 weeks.
The teacher will go over the course topics in the classroom, combining theory with exercises and black-board teaching as well as PowerPoint presentations.
The student is expected to read the detailed literature and to solve compulsory assignments between lessons. 
Student Activity Model:
According to the Study Activity Model, the workload is divided as follows:

Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 32 hours – 23%

Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 79 hours – 57 %

Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 27 hours – 20 %

Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 0 hours – 0%


Eriksen, Åge Bredahl: Compendium: Renewable energy




Prerequisites for exam: 
Mandatory assignments. The assignments must be submitted by the deadline and be approved afterwards. Fail to meet the prerequisites will disqualify entering the examination. As of re-exam, a new set of assignment(s) and dead-line will be set before the re-exam.

Exam type: 
Oral Examination. 20 minutes. Internatl censor. 
The oral exam will count 100% and divided into:
a. Oral evaluation based on a mini project handed in be-fore deadline (50%)
b. Additional question from draw on the spot (50%)

Grade is on individual basis.
Tools allowed: 
The submitted report of the mini project.

Similar to the ordinary exam. 
Case specific: A new set of assignment(s) and deadline might be set before the re-exam. The students might need to work on a new mini project when necessary, improve the already submitted one or keep it without improvement. 

Grading criteria

7-point scale

Additional information



Salwan Dihrab

Valid from

2/1/2024 12:00:00 AM

Course type


Specialisation/Area, Sustainable Energy​