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School of Engineering
Course unit
IN05108964, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0515, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination TECHNOLOGIES AND ECONOMICS OF ENERGY
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 GIUSEPPE ZOLLINO ING-IND/31

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/33 Electrical Energy Systems 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 A.A. 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 ZOLLINO GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
9 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 ZOLLINO GIUSEPPE (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry
Target skills and knowledge: Key elements to evaluate: a) the potential and limits of various energy sources and technologies, presently in use or under development, with special reference to power generation; b) their environmental impact; c) their economics.
Examination methods: Written test made of 3 or 4 open questions
Assessment criteria: The written test will allow evaluating to what extent students learnt the key aspects of various energy sources and technologies, of their limits and potential, of their costs.
Course unit contents: The world's energy needs and resources : history , projections and scenarios of energy and electric power demand in the medium and long term. The objectives of European and international energy and climate policy and their implications.

Earth’s balance of solar radiation, natural cycles (water and carbon), efficiency of photosynthesis; environmental impact of the transformation of primary energy into electrical energy, anthropogenic CO2 emissions, climate impacts and their costs according to the IPCC, the Kyoto Protocol and the CO2 emission trading system.

Economic and financial parameters for the evaluation of power generation technologies, discounting, amortization, payback time, investment and operating costs, the levelized cost of electricity, external costs.

Energy intensity and energy efficiency, energy flow in Italy, economic evaluation of energy efficiency measures, key factors for the effectiveness of energy efficiency measures, examples of applications to the power sector.

Technologies for power generation from fossil fuels: efficiency, emissions, costs. Reduction of the environmental impact of fossil fuels: electrostatic precipitators for the reduction of particulate; innovative technologies for CO2 capture and storage (state of the art, costs, European programs and development prospects).

Technologies for power generation from renewable energy sources: hydropower, geothermal energy, solar thermal and photovoltaic, wind, biomass (including bio- fuels ); principles and key parameters of conversion processes; technically exploitable potential in the World, Europe, Italy; environmental impact; costs, EU directives and Italian legislation for their development.

Nuclear energy: physics of fission and fusion nuclear reactions, fissile and fertile isotopes, control and stability of the fission chain, key parameters of thermal reactors, outlines of breeder reactors, spent fuel management, costs; key parameters, state of research and development and perspectives of Fusion.

Technologies for energy storage. State of the art, cost and perspectives of fuel cell technologies and for the generation and use of hydrogen.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is made of lecturers and some seminars on specific topics
Additional notes about suggested reading: Study materials, such as slides, documents and monographs, are distributed during classes.
A reference textbook for renewable energy technologies is indicated
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • B Sorensen, Renewable Energy, Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics & Planning. --: Academic Press, 2010. per consultazione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Sustainable Cities and Communities Climate Action