FENT2021 - Solar energy


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 5 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.

•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

  • Approved exercises
  • Lab. work

Further on evaluation

Minimum 70% of assignments must be approved before the final exam. • NTNU grading policy will apply for exam assessment. • Exam will be digital.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Renewable Energy (BIFOREN)

Course materials

Books • Solar Energy Engineering Processes and Systems. (Textbok) Author: Soteris A. Kalogirou, Year: 2014 (2nd edition) • SOLAR ENERGY the physics and engineering of photovoltaic conversion technologies and systems (Reference book) Authors: Arno Smets et al., Year: 2016 Webresources • • • • ScenoCalc download:

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FENA2021 7.5 01.09.2019
FENG2021 7.5 01.09.2019
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

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: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 D
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.

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