Any sustainable energy supply system will have to be based on the efficient use of a multitude of primary energy sources and on the distribution of several different energy carriers. Electricity, refined and sophisticated fuels, district heating and district cooling will all have roles to play, as will raw fuels like wood residues, municipal waste, firewood and intermediate quality fuels such as wood pellets. The production end of the system will have to be based on several technologies; Solar heating panels, solar photovoltaics, wind-power stations and hydropower stations. Wave- and tidal power will play a role – as will bio refineries, geothermal energy and heat pumps. This course aims at introducing briefly the different technologies available today for the production of different types of energy carriers. Also nuclear power is included in the course – though it is not long-term sustainable due to the limited fuel resources. The course is offered in two parallel versions: The distance version – 25 % through all semester, English – will include also bioenergy, but will then not include any laboratory exercises. The campus version – 50 % through the second part of the semester, and which is also part of the B.Sc. programme “Energy- and environmental technology” – excludes bioenergy. The reason is that the students following the programme already have so many courses focusing on bioenergy, since this happens to be the second most important energy source for Sweden. To compensate for the exclusion of bioenergy in the campus version, compulsory laboratory exercises are included in this version of the course.
To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.
However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.
There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.