IP500122 - Introduction to Sustainable Marine Energy Systems


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 30 minutes

Course content

The objective of the course is to give an introduction into the fundamental principles of sustainable marine energy systems. In particular:

  • Introduction to fundamental concepts of fluid dynamics, mechanical design of ocean energy systems and scientific writing
  • Sustainable energy systems: different forms of energy and their harvesting, transport, conversion and storage
  • Ocean mechanics: wave theory, wave generation, wave loads and wave induced motion

In addition to the individual course topic, the study program shares a common project theme across all courses. This is addressed through the perspective and methodology of each course to deliver discipline specialization, as well as linking the different scopes and aspects into a holistic engineering view.

Course Curriculum:

  • Principles of Fluid Dynamics
  • Introduction to Wave Theory
  • Mechanical Design of Marine Energy Devices
  • Scientific Writing
  • Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Principles of Sustainability and Life Cycle Analysis
  • Analysis of Energy Systems
  • Energy Conversion and Power Machines
  • Wave Modeling
  • Wave Statistics
  • Wave Loads
  • Wave Induced Motion

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Basic fluid dynamic theory, sustainability concepts and marine energy systems.

Skills: Analysis of energy systems and ocean waves, energy balance calculations.

General Competence: Communicate effectively with in the scientific field, evaluate energy systems, create conceptual designs of energy systems.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods: Class room lectures, homework, mandatory assignments and a project report. 3/4 of the assignments and the project report must be accepted.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

Mandatory assignments: Assignments and a project report.

3/4 of the assignments and the project report must be passed in order to take the oral exam.

Re-sit exam: following semester.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Naval Architecture (850MD)
Naval Architecture (850ME)
Product and System Engineering (840MD)
Product and Systems Design (845ME)

Required previous knowledge

BSc in engineering.

Admission priority will be given to the students belonging to the MSC program in Product and System Design.

Course materials

  • Lecture notes and relevant documents will be distributed on Blackboard.

    Suggested further readings (not mandatory)

  • Jenkins & Ekanayake,"Renewable Energy Engineering", 2017. ISBN: 978-1-107-68022-7
  • Andrews & Jelley, "Energy Science: principles, technologies, and impacts", 2017. ISBN: 978-0-19-875581-4
  • Hagen, " Introduction to Renewable Energy for Engineers", 2016. ISBN: 978-0-13-336086-8
  • J.J. Journee (2001) "Offshore hydromechanics"
  • O.M. Faltinsen (1990) "Sea loads on Ships and Offshore Structures", Cambridge University Press.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Marine Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100 2023-12-04 08:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Oral exam 100/100
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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