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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGO2044581, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOMASS AND BIOENERGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARIO MALAGOLI AGR/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/13 Agricultural Chemistry 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
5 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 MALAGOLI MARIO (Presidente)
QUAGGIOTTI SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
MASI ANTONIO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: English language B2 level
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide knowledge on the utilization of biomass as source of energy, on biomass recycling, and on the main energy conversion processes.
Examination methods: Students will have to give a brief presentation on the articles they studied.
Final grade will be based on the presentation (60%) and a written test (40%).
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the basis of the capacity to comprehend and retain the topics conveyed during the course. The ability to critically discuss and present issues on the biomass energy utilization will be also examined.
Course unit contents: 1- Biomass definition. Energy potential contribution of biomass. Energy. Solar Energy. Useful solar radiation. Photosynthetic efficiency. Net primary production Carbon cycle.
2-: Global energy demand. Renewable energy: amount and role. Energy from biomass. Current use and future scenarios. Conversion processes of biomass
3- : Thermochemical conversion. Combustion. Pyrolysis. Gasification. Physico-chemical conversion. Esterification. Biodiesel.
4-: Biological conversion. Fermentation. Anaerobic digestion. Biofuels. Composting
5- Excursions: Field chipping systems, Biodiesel production factory, Biogas production
6- Excursions: Biomass heating power plant, Composting process.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The aim of the course is to provide knowledge on the utilization of biomass as source of energy, on biomass recycling, and on the main energy conversion procesess.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students will be allowed to read and unload several documents related to the subjects of the course from the Moodle course site (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)