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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP3052308, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0062, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST ENERGY SYSTEMS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
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 MICHELA ZANETTI AGR/06
Other lecturers RAFFAELE CAVALLI AGR/09

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/09 Agricultural Mechanics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 ZANETTI MICHELA (Presidente)
CAVALLI RAFFAELE (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ZANETTI MICHELA (Presidente)
GRIGOLATO STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The student must possess knowledge in physics, chemistry, wood technology
It is strongly recommended to attend the course Utilizzazioni forestali
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course the student acquires the following knowledge and skills:
1. acquire the fundamental xiloenergetic notions
2. understand the peculiarities of the energy use of woody biomasses and consider the related limits in their use, with particular reference to atmospheric emissions and ash production
3. recognize the main fuels that can be obtained both from forest utilization and from agro-industrial production and describe their characteristics with appropriate technical terminology
4. know the plants for the production of wood fuels and their methods of use
5. evaluate the interactions between the combustion processes and the main components of the environment and propose solutions that minimize impacts
6. be able to plan processes for the production and management of wood fuels
7. be able to perform laboratory tests for the determination of the physical-mechanical characteristics of wood fuels
8. be able to prepare a written technical report
9. communicate the knowledge acquired through oral presentations in public

knowledge / professional skills: 2,3,4,5,6
transversal knowledge / skills (soft-skills): 7, 8
Examination methods: The verification of the knowledge and expected skills is carried out with a test that consists of :
in the preparation of a written technical report on the procedures for the determination of the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of a sample of wood biofuel (wood chips, pellets, briquettes, firewood)
in the presentation of a topic concerning the production of energy from wood biomass. The topic is chosen by the students and the presentation lasts 20 minutes
Both the technical report and the presentation result from group activities
The final vote is expressed as the average of the evaluation of the two parts of the examination
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria used to verify the knowledge and skills acquired are: the completeness of the technical and presentation report, the rationality of the technical solutions adopted, the clarity of the technical and exhibition relationship, the mastery of the presented topics
Course unit contents: The wood biofuels; mechanization systems used in the biofuel supply chains; conversion processes of woody materials into biofuels; methods of analysis of quantitative and qualitative characteristics of wood biofuels
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is taught partly by lectures and partly through laboratory activities. During the lectures, held with the support of presentations also animated, is provided the knowledge of the wood biofuels; the mechanization systems used in the biofuel supply chains; the conversion processes of woody materials into biofuels. During the laboratory is provided the knowledge of the methods of analysis of quantitative and qualitative characteristics of wood biofuels
Additional notes about suggested reading: Copy of the PowerPoint presentations in .pdf format is available from the beginning of the course
The lecturing material is available at (Moodle Platform of the Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine School)
The teacher receives students in his own office (Dept. TESAF, building 1, third floor room 075) by appointment via e-mail
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hellrigl Bernardo, Elementi di xiloenergetica. Definizioni, formule, tabelle. Legnaro: Agripolis PD, AIEL - Associazione Italiana Energie Agroforestali, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Guercio Alessandro e Toscano Giuseppe, Il pellet. Palermo: Dario Flaconi Editore, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Gender Equality Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action