Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.09.2019 - 11.12.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I - II Autumn (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Understanding the fundamentals of new and renewable energy technologies: physical principles, potential, technology solutions, applications, and technology trends. Capabilities to apply this knowledge into various research, development or planning tasks of new sustainable energy systems. Learn using key tools for understanding the energy transition and new energy technologies (IPAT, diffusion model, learning curve, Hottel) and technoeconomics (LCOE-models, design tools).

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

1/3 of the course: global energy system, energy-climate nexus, key energy scenarios, energy change; 2/3 of the course: new energy technologies, bioenergy and biofuels, wave and marine power, wind power, solar energy, fuel cells and hydrogen.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Final exam or project work and home assignments. Passing of course in autumn: 80 % of the maximum points of home exercises + project work accepted (in this case the course grade will be the same as the project work grade); or by exam in December (home exercise points can give up to 6 points in the exam, these points are valid for December exam only); later by exam only; Grades 0 (rejected) to 5 (excellent).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24 hours (2 hours per week); exercises 24 hours; project work or preparation for exam
45h; individual reading and homework 40h.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course material will be available through MyCourses system. Good e-books available. For each lecture (2 hours/lecture), overheads and background material will be available incl. home reading before each lecture (1 hour/lecture). 1-2 key questions will follow each lecture for general discussion (15 min/lecture). The course is given in ENGLISH; written contributions required can be either in English or in native Finnish/Swedish.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic skills typically acquired after 2 years of studies.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures: Professor Peter Lund, Exercises: 2 graduate students

The course comprises two parts:
1) Part I (lectures 1-4): understanding global energy system, drivers of change, and how new energy technologies will fit into the "big picture". Learning key tools to investigate the "energy change"- and energy transitions. Key topics include: Global Energy Systems and Dynamics; Energy and Climate Scenarios; IPAT-model, Resource models
2) Part II (lectures 5-12): fundamentals, potential, and restrictions of new energy technologies (solar, wind, wave, bioenergy/biofuels and biogas, fuel cells and hydrogen). Tools: Renewable Energy Source Assessment and Energy Planning tools; Individual Technology Sections (solar, wind, bio, wave, fuel cells).

Post-graduate students without prior knowledge in new energy technologies can also include this course in their studies.


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