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AE1107 Geoenergy 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AE1107 (Autumn 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Earth's radiation balance and energy flow. Exogenous and endogenous energy flows and stocks. Calculation of heat flows in soil systems. Calculation of heat extractions from soil and water. Global and regional resources of fossil geoenergy. Uranium cycle, resources and utilization. Recent and fossil biofuels, including peat. Geothermal energy, Storage of nuclear waste. Mapping models for local and regional resources of geoenergy from a long-term sustainability perspective. Environmental impact assessment of geoenergy utilization. Storage of nuclear waste. Carbon storage in natural geoenvironments.. Handling of other residues from geoenergy, such as incineration ashes.Legislation in geoenergy utilization.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student will:

- Be able to describe and understand the Earth's natural radiation balance, and exogenous and endogenous energy flows relevant to the conditions on earth, as well as natural energy transformations that occur.

- Perform basic calculations of the energy flows and energy storage in natural geoenvironments.

- Be able to describe the presence of energy resources in the geoenevironments and their durability and utilization in the long term

- Be able to use computational models for heat extractions from soil and water

- Be able to describe Swedish resources of geothermal energy to perform basic mapping of natural heat resources

- Be able to describe the nuclear cycle

- Describe disposal of residual materials from energy extraction and energy use (including nuclear waste repository, carbon storage, incineration ashes)

- Be able to make comprehensive assessments of environmental impacts in energy extraction and energy utilization of geoenergy

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in mathematics and physics, involving at least 20 credits. Geology and Geotechnical Engineering (AE1102) or equivalent courses in earth science including at least 6 credits.

Recommended prerequisites

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* Kursbok kommer att bestämmas senast en månad före kursstart.

* Övningsmaterial samt övrigt utdelat och digitalt tillgängligt studiematerial som anges vid kursstart.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1), 4.5 hp

Approved exercises and individual work and participation in excursion (ÖVN1), 3 hp

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE1107

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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