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Additional course evaluations for TN0341

Academic year 2020/2021

Energy systems and energy conservation for rural enterprises (TN0341-30268)

2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Energy systems and energy conservation for rural enterprises (TN0341-30068)

2020-01-20 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Energy systems and energy conservation for rural enterprises (TN0341-30070)

2019-01-21 - 2019-06-09


TN0341 Energy systems and energy conservation for rural enterprises, 7.5 Credits

Energisystem och energihushållning för landsbygdsföretag


Engineering including Work Science Agricultural Science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Single module 7.5 0101

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

General entrance requirements.


The objective of the course is to provide students with knowledge of energy systems, energy conservation and renewable energy sources for energy supply to rural businesses and to small houses in the countryside, and the potential role of agriculture as an energy supplier.

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

- Briefly describe Swedish energy policy and energy consumption by society and rural businesses

- Describe and explain the energy system concept

- Assess different energy systems from a resource perspective

- Describe and evaluate different energy conserving measures in rural businesses, incl. dwellings in the countryside

- Describe and analyse the use of renewable energy types such as bioenergy, heat pumps, wind power, solar energy, small-scale hydro power, etc.

- Assess the potential of agriculture and forestry to produce raw materials for fuel.


The course is mainly based on lectures and reading of the literature. Students will also have the opportunity to carry out some exercises and study trips, and to participate in seminars. Project work will be carried out in groups and presented orally and in writing. The project work will involve mapping existing energy systems in a rural business or other premises in the countryside and proposing future designs. Oral presentation of project work is compulsory part of the course.

The course includes the following elements:

- Basic concepts and thermodynamics

- Energy consumption and energy resources world-wide

- Environmental impacts, energy analysis, energy conservation and energy planning

- Renewable energy types such as bioenergy, heat pumps, solar energy, wind and water energy, etc.

- Combustion science, heat storage and heat distribution,

- Energy saving measures.

Formats and requirements for examination

A pass grade in reporting of projects and oral presentation of project work and approved assignments.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The majority of the course will consist of studies of the literature, responding to study assignments and performance of exercises and project work. The course will be run as a half distance learning course, with four full days of lectures, study trips and reporting of assignments. The first meeting will be in Alnarp. The second and third meetings will take place approx. 1 and 2 months after the beginning of the course. At a final meeting, assignment and project work will be reported. Otherwise the course will run as a distance learning course via the Internet.

As regards restricting the number of examination events, see combined regulations for educations at SLU.

Responsible department

Department of Biosystems and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: TN0258

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

  1. Handbok om energieffektivisering Författare: Neuman, Lars. (red). 2013. Kommentar: Tillhandahålles av kursledningen.
  2. Småskalig uppvärmning med biobränslen Författare: Nilsson, Daniel (reviderad av L. Bengtsson). 2012. Inst för lantbruksteknik, SLU. Kommentar: Tillhandahålles av kursledningen.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Engineering including Work Science Agricultural Science
Course code: TN0341 Application code: SLU-30166 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 25%