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Natural Energy Sources 7.5 credits

Second cycle, G7013B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Soil Mechanics
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

F0032T Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer or corresponding course.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
• Describe different techniques for extracting or storing geoenergy for heating purposes
• estimate the profitability of different geoenergy plants
• estimate the maximum theoretical solar radiation, and evaluate different types of solar heating systems
• perform simple design calculations of a geothermal heating systems
• perform a feasibility study of a geoenergy  or solar project, and report results in a written report and oral presentation 

This course covers basic knowledge of solar collectors, geoenergy systems and thermal energy storage. Within these areas, technology, dimensioning, and costs are addressed. Topics include: 
• Heat transfer and heat transport: Physical description of conduction, radiation and convection. Heat storage capacity of different materials.
• Solar energy: Active and passive solar energy, solar irradiation on inclined surface.
• Solar thermal applications, calculation examples of flat plate solar collectors, different types of solar collectors
• Geoenergy: Natural heat sources in air, soil and water, overview of heat pumps.
• Snow storage
• Recharging of heat sources.
• Thermal energy storage: Current research. Different techniques. Storage of heat / cold. Short and long term storage. Economy. Calculation examples stock size, energy losses etc.
• Project work: Design of energy storage systems. Definition and division of projects. Choice of system. Collection of technical data and cost data. Optimization of thermal energy storage systems. Reporting. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching consists of lectures and exercises. The main part of the course consists of a project work, sometimes commissioned by the industry or university. Data labs with the EarthEnergyDesigner (EED) and Polysun softwares are required. The programs are later available as aids in the project work. The project work is documented in writing and presented at a joint seminar.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is assessed based on the quality of the project report, and oral presentation. Completed reports from computer labs on Polysun and EED are required for a completed course. The course grades are given according to the scale U 3 4 5.

G7XXXB is equal to the course E7002B

Jenny Lindblom

Transition terms
The course G7013B is equal to E7002B

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Nordell B., and Söderlund M. SOLAR ENERGY AND HEAT STORAGE, 3rd Edition. Luleå University of Technology.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Assigment reportG U 3 4 55.50MandatoryA16
0002Oral PresentationU G#1.00MandatoryA16
0003Required AssignmentsU G#1.00MandatoryA16

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 10 Feb 2016

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021