Geothermal Energy Systems (ENP130)

Because of the complex energy and climate challenges that we face today, energy transition towards clean, flexible, sustainable, and affordable energy solutions is at the top of the global, national, and local agendas. This resulted in an ever-increasing need for future engineers with more cross-disciplinary educational background and skills.

The objective of this course is to provide the students with the necessary knowledge required for contributing to "global energy transition", and "clean and affordable energy for all" goals. This will be achieved in this course via enabling the students with the necessary knowledge about geothermal energy resources and relevant energy conversion technologies to utilize such resources in various applications, and to supply electricity and heating/cooling demands.

Course description for study year 2022-2023


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This course provides the students with general knowledge about geothermal energy, and its advantages and disadvantages compared to other renewable and non-renewable energy sources. It provides a general overview of various aspects of geothermal energy, from sub-surface to surface energy conversion technologies, with different level of details.

The course specifically deals with different technologies such as heat pumps, and steam cycles, as well as flash, and binary systems, as applied to geothermal energy systems for different applications, such as power production or thermal applications. The course reviews some of the basics of thermodynamics, and applications of some thermodynamic diagrams to perform simple system analysis.

Learning outcome

The students are expected to get a broad and basic understanding of geothermal energy.

The students will be equipped with the needed knowledge to perform simple analyses of various geothermal systems from energy, environmental, and performance perspectives.

The students are expected to apply their drilling and thermodynamics knowledge to assess simple geothermal energy systems.

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Recommended prerequisites

FYS200 Thermo- and Fluid Dynamics


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades

Coursework requirements

At least 2 compulsory assignments
Mandatory assignments have to be completed before the written exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Mohammad Mansouri

Head of Department:

Øystein Arild

Method of work

Lectures, exercises, interactive discussions, compulsory assignments, self-study, and group work.

MS Office tools will be used for assignments.

Open for

Energy and Petroleum Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

Forms and / or conversations in accordance with the current guidelines.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto