Academic Year 2021/2022 - 2° Year - Curriculum Energy and Enviroment
Teaching Staff: Rosario LANZAFAME
Credit Value: 9
Scientific field: ING-IND/09 - Energy systems and power generation
Taught classes: 42 hours
Exercise: 45 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The "Energy Systems and Environment" course deals with the very current problem related to the development of sustainable energy systems for the decarbonized production of electric, thermal and freezer energy. In particular will be analysed the resources of energy used, their origin, the conversion process and all the final use of energy in the various forms, with a view to achieving environmental sustainability inserted in the global planetary context. The scenarios of the environmental crisis of the 21st century will be considered.

The various energy sources will be presented including biomass energy, geothermal energy, wind energy, solar energy, the hydrogen vector and the characteristics of the respective generation systems. Particular attention will be reserved to the analysis of energy technological systems in the context of environmental respect objectives, first of all, the control of the production of climate-changing gases, in order to achieve mitigation effects on the phenomenon of "Global Warming".

In the final part of the course the advanced energy systems will be mentioned, with particular attention to combined cycle gas and cogeneration power plants and their integration with solar thermal energy capture systems.

Course Structure

Lectures: 42 hours

Exercises: 45 hours

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Learning assessment may also be carried out on line, should the conditions require it.

Detailed Course Content

  1. Basic Energy Concepts
  2. Energy Conversion
  3. Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Conversion Devices
  4. Energy Transfer and Conversion Methods
  5. Renewable Energy Sources
  6. Solar Energy: Solar heating (passive and active), solar power plants, photovoltaic cells
  7. Biomass Energy: Direct conversion (combustion of biomass); Indirect conversion (chemical conversion to biofuel)
  8. Hydro Energy
  9. Geothermal Energy: Power plants, direct use, heat pumps
  10. Ocean Energy: Tidal Power and Wave Energy
  11. Wind Energy
  12. Gas turbine and their performances
  13. Combined Cycles
  14. Cogeneration Power Plants

Textbook Information

1) Teaching materials

2) Islam, Roy, Rahman, Saifur - Renewable Energy and the Environment –SPRINGER

3) Cohen, Rogers, Saravanamuttoo: “Gas Turbine Theory” - LONGMAN;

4) Bianchi, Melillo, Peretto – Sistemi Energetici. Complementi – PITAGORA EDITRICE BOLOGNA

5) Giovanni Lozza: Turbine a gas e cicli combinati – SOCIETÀ EDITRICE ESCULAPIO

6) Sphera DA, editor. Wind turbine technology: fundamental concepts of wind turbine engineering.

7) Gash R. and Twele J.: Wind Power Plants – Fundamentals, Design, Construction and Operation, Solarpraxis AG Germany.

8) Bent Sørensen Renewable Energy, Academic Press