Academic Year 2022/2023 - Teacher: Rosario LANZAFAME

Expected Learning Outcomes

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".

Computational Fluid Dynamic techniques for the simulation of Energy Systems will be presented. Specifically the students will learn how to implement numerical CFD simulations through Ansys Fluent software with both a theoretical and a practical approach.

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.

Required Prerequisites

Fluid Mechanics

Attendance of Lessons


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
  15. CFD applications for Energy Systems

Textbook Information

1) Materiale didattico

2) Ansys Fluent getting started training

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

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

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

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

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

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

9) Bent Sørensen Renewable Energy, Academic Press

10) Ferziger J.H., Peric M., Street R.L., Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics, Springer

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1Basic Energy Concepts[1] [3] [9]
2Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Conversion Devices[1] [3] [9]
3Energy Conversion[1] [3] [9]
4Energy Transfer and Conversion Methods[1] [3] [9]
5Renewable Energy Sources[1] [3] [9]
6Solar Energy[1] [5] [9]
7Biomass Energy[1] [5] [9]
8Hydro Energy[1] [5] [9]
9Geothermal Energy[1] [5] [9]
10Ocean Energy[1] [5] [9]
11Wind Energy[1] [5] [7] [8]
12Gas turbine and their performances[1] [4] [6]
13Combined Cycles[1] [4] [6]
14Cogeneration Power Plants[1] [4] [6]
15CFD Applications for Energy Systems[2] [10]

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Oral exam about the contents and the exercises carried out during the course

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

The Candidate explains the basic concepts of energy

The Candidate sets out the principles on energy conversion

The Candidate discusses about renewable energy sources

The Candidate discusses the principles of wind energy

The Candidate discusses the principles of solar energy

The Candidate discusses the principles of geothermal energy

The Candidate discusses the principles of hydraulic energy

The Candidate explains the basic concepts of cogeneration plants

The Candidate discusses the numerical exercises carried out