TEP4225 - Energy and Environment


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

The course is an introduction to further studies in the Energy and Environment study program, and therefore it will give an overview and a broad understanding of the subject area. It will provide an overview of the following topics:

  • The environment as a framework for energy
  • Energy resources and energy use
  • Methods for energy conversion and environmental impacts for electricity, heating, and cooling
  • Heating and cooling methods and consequent environmental impacts
  • Energy conversions in industry and buildings
  • Energy flexibility and distribution of district heating
  • Electrical energy, electricity as energy carrier and the infrastructure associated with this.
  • Electricity market and price formation
  • Planning and sizing of energy supply
  • Energy balance and environmental assessment.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The course provides the student with knowledge about key challenges and technologies in energy use, utilization of energy resources, energy conversion and environmental consequences

The course gives the student insight about the following:

  • The environment as a framework for energy use and the exploitation of energy resources
  • An overview of energy recourses and energy use
  • Conversion methods for electric power and heating/cooling generation, and their consequences on the environment
  • Energy efficiency in industry and buildings
  • District heating systems
  • Technology, distribution and infrastructure in the Nordic electric power system
  • How the system for electric power transmission are built up
  • The trade in the Nordic electric power market (Nord Pool)
  • Heat balance and energy supply for buildings
  • Drivers for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Life cycle thinking and environmental impacts from energy production
  • Energy and the UN's sustainability goals

Skills: The course should enable students to: - use basic knowledge about different forms of conversion, transport, and use of electricity and heating /cooling to solve simple problems, and to use the knowledge to explain the relationship between the use of energy resources and environmental impacts.

General competence: After ended course: - The student should have basic competence regarding environmental impacts arising from different energy carriers and technical solutions - The student should be able to apply this competence in the further study.

Learning methods and activities

Emphasis is placed on the students getting a good overview of the topics dealing with the other courses in the Energy and Environment study program. The course is structured around problem-based learning exercises and laboratory exercises. These are linked to introductory lectures by teachers and possibly invited professionals. The assessment includes problem-based learning exercises that are organized as a group work, a presentation for other students, and a group report. To pass the course, all the problem-based learning exercises must be passed with a score of at least 70% at each assignment. In addition, all laboratory exercises/demonstrations must be approved.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

Three problem-based assignments, organized as group work and rounded off with the presentation and submission of a report. To pass 70 out of 100 points is required for each problem-based learning exercise. In addition, laboratory exercises and demonstrations must be approved. For a re-take all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Compendium and literature surveys.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO7005 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Energy and Process Engineering
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Industrial Economics
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 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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