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MAS310 Renewable Energy

Course description for academic year 2021/2022

Contents and structure

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

Design of power plants for small hydropower, solar cells, solar collectors and wind power.

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 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