Energy Systems and Climate Mitigation

Course content

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with an overview and understanding of energy systems, the associated energy technologies and their climate impact. Special emphasis will be given to renewable energy technologies. The course consists of the following themes:


1. Introduction: Basic energy concepts and thermodynamics. 

2. Energy and economic development. 

3. Renewable and non-renewable energy resources and energy technologies 

4. Energy production and it’s climate impacts. 

5. Energy systems management

6. Case study: Planning a renewable energy supply


MSc Programme in Climate Change
MSc Programme in Agriculture

Learning outcome

 A student having completed the course will be able to: 


  • Understand and describe the interrelations between the climate systems and the energy systems.
  • Describe the renewable energy technologies available to mitigate climate change. 


  • Analyze exsisting energy systems, at all scales, and their contributions to climate change and mitigation. 
  • Evaluate the appropriateness of alternative strategies for transformation of the energy systems for climate change mitigation. 


  • Contribute constructively to the design of sustainable energy systems at all scales .
  • Work in inter-disciplinary groups to solve problems related to energy systems and climate change mitigation.

Combined lectures, excercises and essays.

Please see Absalon.

Basic understanding of natural and anthropogenic drivers of climate change or qualifications corresponding to courses:
Climate change, and interdisciplinary challenge, NIGK13004U
Climate change, impacts, adaption and mitigation, LNAK10069U

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 16
  • Lectures
  • 100
  • Theory exercises
  • 78
  • Exam
  • 12
  • English
  • 206