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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7079657, 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
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track PROFESSIONALE [003LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
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 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 MARIO MALAGOLI AGR/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/13 Agricultural Chemistry 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 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
2  Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MALAGOLI MARIO (Presidente)
QUAGGIOTTI SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
MASI ANTONIO (Supplente)
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MALAGOLI MARIO (Presidente)
QUAGGIOTTI SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
MASI ANTONIO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: English language B2
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 and a written test.
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)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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