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School of Engineering
Course unit
IN04112385, A.A. 2019/20

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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 TERMOMECCANICO [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POWER PLANT TECHNOLOGY
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 ANDREA LAZZARETTO ING-IND/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/08 Fluid Machines 4.0
Core courses ING-IND/09 Energy and Environmental Systems 5.0

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 LAZZARETTO ANDREA (Presidente)
RECH SERGIO (Membro Effettivo)
9 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 LAZZARETTO ANDREA (Presidente)
MANENTE GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)
RECH SERGIO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Fundamental principles of thermodynamics, fluid-mechanics and turbomachinery.
Target skills and knowledge: The students are expected to learn about configurations, operation criteria, energy balances, costs and environmental impact of power plants and fluid machines that use fossil fuels and renewable energy sources.
Examination methods: Written test including questions on topics presented during classes.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria take into account the student’s skill in answering thoroughly to the questions included in the examination test according to the subjects presented during classes and to the self learning capacity of deepening the different topics in the suggested textbooks.
Course unit contents: Steam power plants: flowsheets, thermodynamic cycles, design configurations; choice of the main design parameters. Steam generators, main design characteristics and components. Gas turbines: thermodynamic cycles, combustion, emissions, characteristics of the main components. Internal combustion engines: ideal and indicated thermodynamic cycles, performance parameters. Combined cycle power plants: plant flowsheets, non dimensional indexes of performance, thermal balances of the heat recovery steam generator. Cogeneration plants with internal combustion engines, gas turbines, steam and combined cycles. Re-powering of energy conversion systems. Coal gasification. Integration of a gasification section with a combined cycle.
Emissions of pollutants from thermal engines (steam power plants, gas turbines and internal combustion engines)and systems for their reduction. Brief mention to energy storage systems (thermal, mechanical, chemical, electric and electro-chemical). Generation of electricity from geo-thermal sources, flash and binary cicles (Organic Rankine Cycles). Thermochemical conversion of biomass: combustion, gasification, pyrolysis. Biochemical conversion of biomass: anaerobic digestion. Biofuels: bio-ethanol, vegetable oils and bio-diesel. Chemical and physical properties, production processes and use in internal combustion engines. Basic concepts of wind energy converters. Wind analysis, Betz's elementary momentum theory, wind turbine characteristic curves. Wind power plants. Solar radiation, collectors, plant configurations for water heating. Photovoltaic fundamentals, technology and applications. Solar concentration and solar thermal power plants.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is based upon frontal lectures aimed at teaching basic principles, thermodynamic processes, configurations, technological aspects, costs and environmental issues of different power and CHP plants fuelled with fossil and renewable sources in order to fulfill the course targets.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students are provided with the contents of all lectures included in text files and PowerPoint presentations uploaded in the MOODLE system of the Department of Industrial Engineering along with information on the suggested textbooks dealing with the course topics, which are shown in the "Reference textbooks" section .
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Cornetti G., Macchine termiche. Torino: Il Capitello, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • El-Wakil M.M., Powerplant Technology. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tester J.W., Sustainable Energy: Choosing among options. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • DiPippo R., Geothermal Power Plants: Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact. Burlington: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cheng J., Biomass to Renewable Energy Processes. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bocci E., Caffarelli A., Villarini M., D’Amato A., Sistemi a biomasse: progettazione e valutazione economica. Impianti di generazione di calore e di elettricità. Santarcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Brown R.C., Thermochemical processing of biomass: conversion into fuels, chemicals and power. Chichester: Wiley, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Castelli S., Biomasse ed energia. Produzione, gestione e processi di trasformazione. Santarcangelo di Romagna: Maggioli, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Toffolo A., Progetto di Macchine Aerauliche. Ventilatori a Deflusso Trasversale e Turbine Eoliche ad Asse Orizzontale. Padova: Libreria Progetto, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pallabazzer R., Sistemi di Conversione Eolica. La tecnologia delle moderne macchine del vento. Milano: HOEPLI, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hau E., Wind Turbines. Fundamentals, Technologies, Application, Economics. Berlin: Springer, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Duffie J.A., Beckman W.A., Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes. New York: Wiley, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Kreith F., Goswami D.Y., Handbook of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Battisti R., Corrado A., Micangeli A., Impianti solari termici. Acqua calda con l’energia solare. Padova: Franco Muzzio Editore, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ferrari S., Solare termico negli edifici. Milano: Edizioni Ambiente, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Aste N., Groppi F., Impianti solari termici. Manuale per ingegneri, architetti, installatori. Milano: Delfino, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bearzi V., Manuale di energia solare. Milano: Tecniche Nuove, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Cappello F., Maiolatesi S., Montesi L., Impianti fotovoltaici e conto energia. Roma: EPC Libri, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Groppi F., Zuccaro C., Impianti solari fotovoltaici a norme CEI. Milano: Delfino, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ventrone G., Corso di Macchine - Macchine ed impianti per conversione di energia. Padova: Cortina, 1999. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lozza G., Turbine a gas e cicli combinati. Bologna: Progetto Leonardo, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo