FENA2021 - Solar energy


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Individual project report 30/100
School exam 70/100 4 hours D

Course content

-The sun as an energy source and a brief history of solar energy -Use of solar energy in the Nordic region and globally -Resources, technical and financial framework for: -Solar energy estimation -Solar collectors -Solar photovoltaics, and -Combined solar collector/ solar cell systems -Environmental aspects and sustainability perspective with solar energy -Techno-economic assessment of solar collector / solar cell systems

Learning outcome

  • After completing the course the student should have knowledge about: • Have basic knowledge about sun for energy purposes. • Access and distribution of solar resources nationally and globally. • Analysis of solar geometry. • The various conversion components and applications. • Efficiency and capacity factor. • Explain the most important conversion processes. • Integration of solar energy into the energy system. Skills: •The student should be able to calculate power, energy, efficiency and capacity factor in connection with solar energy. •The student should be able to calculate the necessary construction effect when using solar energy. •The student should be able to make economic and environmental appraisals when using solar energy. •The student should be able to use computer tools to evaluate energy solutions. General competence: •The student should be able to account for environmental aspects when developing solar, wind, geothermal and marine energy concepts, as well as consequences and measures that can be resulted in such contexts.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

Minimum 70% of assignments must be approved before the final exam.

Project shares 30% total of the exam.

NTNU grading policy will apply for exam assessment.

Exam will be digital in Inspera.

Re-sit exam in May/June.

Course materials

Books • Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Technology and Practice. (Textbook) Author: Konrad Mertens, År: 2018 (2. utgave) • SOLAR ENERGY the physics and engineering of photovoltaic conversion technologies and systems (Reference book) Authors: Arno Smets et al., Year: 2016 Webresources • • • • PVSyst students' version download:

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FENG2021 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
FENT2021 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Energy- and Environmental Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 70/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Individual project report 30/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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