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MAS310 Renewable Energy

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

Globally energy consumption and resources. Solar energy, hydropower, wind power, bioenergy, geothermal energy, wave energy and tidal energy. 

Learning Outcome


The student

  • Can explain difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.
  • Can provide an overview on current renewable energy sources.
  • Can describe technology for energy production based on renewable energy sources.


The student can

  • Can select the main components for powerplant with hydropower, solar energy and windparks.
  • Calculate the amount of energy, power, efficiencies and cost in relation to renewable energy.
  • Can obtain and process the data required for meteorological, technical and cost calculations of renewable energy projects. 

-General qualification:

The student:

  • has a technical and economical view of how relevant the various renewable energy sources are in our district, in Norway and in the rest of the world.
  • Can contribute to the public debate on energy issues.
  • Can assess environmental issues related to energy production.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Chemistry with Environmental Focus; Physics; Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics; Process Technology I.

Teaching methods

Lectures and calculation exercises

Compulsory learning activities

3 requirements: 1 Lab with solar cells, 1 lab with windturbin and 1 individual home work


Written exam, 4 hours

Grade:  A - E / passed;  F / failed.

Examination support material

Simple calculator: Allowed calculator is Casio fx-82 (all varieties: ES, ES Plus, EX, Solar etc.)

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • ING3036 - Fornybar energi og petroleumsproduksjon - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • MAS123 - Energi: Forbruk, kjelder og teknologi - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • ING3109 - Fornybar energi og petroleumsproduksjon - Reduction: 5 studypoints
  • ING3021 - Fornybar energi - Reduction: 5 studypoints