Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2019/2020
Belonging course: 
Course of Master's Degree Programme on ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
Disciplinary sector: 
THERMAL ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIAL ENERGY SYSTEMS (ING-IND/10)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
9
Year of study: 
1
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
First Semester
Hours of front activity: 
72

Language

Italian

Course description

The course aims to contribute to the training of engineers able to address the issues related to the use of renewable energy sources and their integration with traditional sources. Particular emphasis will be given to solar energy for thermal and electrical end uses, wind energy, geothermal and geothermal-electric, biomass and elements for investment analysis considering the incentives and tariffs. For all the examined technologies, the operating principles, the methods for estimating energy production and for the technical-economic analysis of the investment will be analyzed. Basic elements for the preliminary design of these systems will also be provided.
The techniques for assessing the environmental impact of energy systems will also be examined in detail, with particular reference to the problems related to exposure to airborne dust.

Knowledge and understanding:
The student must demonstrate to know:
- the components and systems for the use of renewable sources;
- the economic evaluation indices of the investments;
- the framework of incentives in the renewable sources sector;
- smart energy systems based on the use of fossil and renewable sources;
- the cost of plants based on renewable sources;
- the economic calculation of the unit costs of electric and/or thermal energy.
- assessment of the environmental impact of energy systems;
- issues related to exposure to airborne dust.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
The student must demonstrate to be able to:
- formulate pre-feasibility studies with application of the methods learned
- correctly sizing the plant and its components according to the specific requests
- carry out the technical-economic evaluation of different types of systems for the use of renewable sources.
- address the issues related to the environmental impact of energy systems.
Autonomy of judgment:
The student must be able to carry out autonomously sensitivity analyzes based on the evolution of incentives and tariffs and regulations without neglecting environmental problems.
Communication skills:
The student must have the ability to communicate with experts in the field with the relative technical language of the specific field. Furthermore, he must be able to explain, in a simple manner, even to non-experts in the sector, the problems related to the use of renewable sources, to their integration with the traditional sources, also considering their integration in smart energy grids, as well as the related environmental impact.
Learning ability:
The student must be able to keep up to date by consulting texts and publications concerning the energy conversion systems sector, with particular reference to the renewable energy sector and its environmental impact.

Prerequisites

The students are required to have acquired and assimilated the following knowledge provided by the course of "Applied thermodynamics and thermal science":
- fundamentals of mass and energy balances;
- fundamentals of plant components and energy conversion systems.

Syllabus

First part (48 hours: 6 CFU)
Classification of energy sources. Italian and world energy overview in relation to the use of renewable sources. Regulatory framework and incentive systems for renewable sources. Repetitions on the economic evaluation of investments. Renewable energy sources: Availability of solar energy, Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermodynamic, Wind, Hydraulics, Geothermal, Biomass and waste cycle. Analysis of hybrid polygenerative plants based on the use of renewable sources for the combined production of thermal, electric and cooling energy and/or by-products (hydrogen, desalinated water, glycerin, etc). District heating and cooling networks powered by renewable and non-renewable sources. Notions on the design of energy production systems powered by renewable sources. Feasibility studies of plants based on the use of renewable sources.

Part II (24 hours: 3 CFU)
Air pollution. Plant emissions. Environmental impact assessment.
Dusts: classification, origin and effects on health; Aerosol thermodynamics; Measurement techniques of distributions and total dust concentrations; The characterization of the aerosol emitted from different anthropogenic sources and in the environment.

First part (48 hours: 6 CFU)
Classification of energy sources. Italian and world energy overview in relation to the use of renewable sources. Regulatory framework and incentive systems for renewable sources. Repetitions on the economic evaluation of investments. Renewable energy sources: Availability of solar energy, Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermodynamic, Wind, Hydraulics, Geothermal, Biomass and waste cycle. Analysis of hybrid polygenerative plants based on the use of renewable sources for the combined production of thermal, electric and cooling energy and/or by-products (hydrogen, desalinated water, glycerin, etc). District heating and cooling networks powered by renewable and non-renewable sources. Notions on the design of energy production systems powered by renewable sources. Feasibility studies of plants based on the use of renewable sources.

Part II (24 hours: 3 CFU)
Air pollution. Plant emissions. Environmental impact assessment.
Dusts: classification, origin and effects on health; Aerosol thermodynamics; Measurement techniques of distributions and total dust concentrations; The characterization of the aerosol emitted from different anthropogenic sources and in the environment.

Teaching Methods

The training contents are transferred mainly carrying out lectures, exercises and seminars. The teaching approach includes the stimulation of the student's curiosity regarding the knowledge of practical problems, and the development of the ability to solve them.

Textbooks

Notes of the teacher

Learning assessment

The objective of the exam is to check the level of achievement of the course objectives previously indicated. The exam is divided into 2 parts:
- written exam, which could be split in sub-tests for students who attend lectures, which is the base for accessing the oral exam;
- an oral exam in which the ability to link and compare different aspects of the course will be evaluated.

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