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Geothermal Energy Systems E-ENP130

This course provides you general knowledge about geothermal energy, and its advantages and disadvantages compared to other renewable and fossil-based energy sources. It provides a general overview of various aspects of geothermal energy, from sub-surface to surface energy conversion technologies.

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Autumn 2022



Application deadline


Teaching method


Course fee

Free of charge, except for course material

Course content

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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 provides you a summary of applied thermodynamics, and reviews applications of some thermodynamic diagrams to perform simple system analysis.

Learning outcome

It is expected that students:

  • understand societal needs for energy transition and sustainable development
  • learn the basics of geothermal resource classification, identification, and development
  • understand different exploration strategies and geothermal well operations
  • have broad and basic knowledge of thermodynamics applied to geothermal energy systems
  • know about different technologies for geothermal energy utilization including thermal and power systems

After taking the course, students should know how to:

  • apply an interdisciplinary approach to various geothermal energy projects
  • use different thermodynamic diagrams to extract necessary parameters for simple system analysis
  • carry out preliminary energy analysis of geothermal systems (both for thermal and power applications) from an energy, environmental and performance perspective.

Working methods

  • Lectures, exercises, interactive group works and discussions, compulsory assignments, and self-study

Course startup

  • Week 35 (time and date TBA)


  • Mandatory assignments must be approved by the teacher before the exam.
  • Written exam, 3 hours, theory (multiple choices questions), and calculations
  • grade: A-F
  • Exam date: 01.12.2022

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor Degree 180 ECTS
  • Foreign applicants must also document education and English skills in accordance with NOKUT's regulations.

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

  • Bachelor or Master's degree within the field of Engineering.


  • Forelesninger og øvinger / Lecture and exercise materials
  • Textbook 1: Geothermal Power Plants – Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact, Ronald DiPippo, 4th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN: 978-0-08-100879-9
  • Textbook 2: Geothermal Energy Systems, Ibrahim Dincer & Murat Ozturk, 1st Edition, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-820775-8
  • Textbook 3: Geothermal Energy – Utilization and Technology, Mary H. Dickson & Mario Fanelli, 2015, Routledge, ISBN:978-1-13-899188-0


Det teknisk- naturvitenskapelige fakultet

Institutt for energi- og petroleumsteknologi

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UiS etter- og videreutdanning
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UiS etter- og videreutdanning