|Letter grade (A through F)
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|10 ECTS with AE-342
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|Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
Enrolment in a relevant PhD programme.
The course is intended for students with interests and background in Meteorology, Environmental/Energy engineering, Applied mathematics, Applied physics, Mechanics, Structural engineering (dynamics), or a related subject directly relevant. Renewable energy is a prioritised theme in Svalbard and globally due to the goal to reduce the current dependency on fossil fuels. Several Svalbard companies are shifting to more environmentally friendly alternatives, including wind and solar energy. This poses unique logistical and technical challenges due to the extreme Arctic environment. Of particular importance are the distinct meteorological conditions in a cold climate and how they affect the energy potential and installations. The understanding of these processes is much poorer than at lower latitudes; for example, the influence of the strong stable atmospheric boundary layer, influence of terrain induced phenomena, and icing processes.
- Introduction to renewable energy systems in the Arctic
- Solar radiation and the energy budget
- Cloudiness and fog
- Snow drift
- Local wind systems
- Sound propagation
- Off-shore meteorology
- The use of measurements, forecasting and re-analyses to determine the energy potential
Upon completing the course, the students will:
- know and have a physical understanding of which meteorological processes are most important for renewable energy production in the Arctic
- be on the forefront of what makes renewable energy production in the Arctic unique
- can contribute to the knowledge on how measurements, forecasting and re-analysis can be used to determine the potential of solar and wind energy
- be able to give an estimation of the energy potential from different sources and determine the uncertainties as well as formulating new research questions.
- be able to carry out research of international standard on the meteorological processes that will affect production of solar and wind energy at a specific site
- perform field experiments operations, collect data using scientific instruments, and process data
- communicate research results orally and in writing
- read and critically discuss scientific literature
- be prepared at a PhD level, for future positions within research on renewable energy in the Arctic research, or the industry.
- based on training received and experience gained during the fieldwork, be able to facilitate group work in the field and lead the project report work
The course extends over 5-6 weeks, and will run in combination with AE-342.
The lectures outline the theoretical aspects of meteorological processes important for renewable energy, especially solar and wind energy, while the field excursions and field work will give hands-on experience of Arctic weather possibilities and constraints. Scientific literature and results from project works will be discussed in seminars.
- Lectures: 35 hours
- Seminars (students active): 10 hours
- Exercise hours: 10 hours
- Field work (students active): 40 hours
- Work on field/lab logs, reports, assignments during course period at UNIS: 95 hours
- Self-study and preparations: approx. 110 hours
Compulsory learning activities
Seminars, assignments, fieldwork, presentations.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.
|Percentage of final grade
|Group project report (written and oral)
All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.
Each assessment is graded and subsequently combined into a single grade. Partial grades for each assessment will be available.