3174 - Energy systems and the environment
Course information
Energy systems and the environment
Course number
Academic year
Science and Tecnology
BSc in Engineering
Language of instruction
The course is taught in English. The textbook and other instructional materials are in English. Group work, presentations etc. are in English and/or Faroese.
Students on the fourth semester of Bachelor of Science in Engineering are automatically enrolled. Applicants for an individual course must apply via the Faculty of Science and Technology Office.
Beginning date
Thursday, January 19, 2023
End date
Thursday, May 25, 2023
Academic content
To give students knowledge about and understanding of the characterization of energy systems and the analysis of the structure and constraints of today’s energy systems and related environmental problems.
Learning outcomes
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to: • Describe, discuss and evaluate energy supply situations with respect to primary energy requirements, energy carrier mix and conversion losses • Describe, discuss and evaluate energy systems by related environmental challenges including their contribution to the CO2 balance. • Describe, discuss and evaluate environmental problems related to renewable energy projects. • Present results in the form of a scientific paper
• Introduction energy system. • The global energy system, resources and reserves, energy consumption. • Primary, final and useful energy. • Sustainability, definitions • Limits of growth in energy production. • Examples for different countries. • Energy consumption in the different sectors (e.g. food, domestic energy, industry, transport, services) • Efficiency chains in the various sectors. • Environmental impacts, classical pollution, CO2. • Environmental impact of renewable technologies. • Life cycle assessment of environmental impact. • Examples from different sectors for reduced impact technology. • Course project: Case study on impact assessment for an energy project with results presented in the form of a scientific paper.
Learning and teaching approaches
Lectures, seminar presentations by students, group work, self-study and project-based learning, semester project.
Assessment method
The student writes a scientific paper on a course-relevant subject and presents it orally. The grade is given as a combination of the two contributions, with 2/3 and 1/3 weight on the paper and presentation respectively.
Examination (internal/external)
Grading scale
Exam date/dates
The exam is set for 9 June 2023.
Deadline for withdrawal from exam
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Academic responsibility and teachers
Academic responsibility
Hans Georg Bayer
Hans Georg Bayer