Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING
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First Semester
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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. Italian standards for energy auditing will also be provided, as well as basic elements on the energy planning.

Knowledge and understanding:
The student must demonstrate to know:
- basics on the energy sources, their use and distribution;
- indices for the economic evaluation of the investments;
- basics on cogeneration systems;
- components and systems for the use of renewable energy sources;
- the framework of incentives in the renewable sources sector;
- Italian Standards for energy auditing;
- basics on energy planning;
- economic analysis of the studied technologies.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
The student must demonstrate to be able to:
- formulate pre-feasibility studies by applying the methods learned during the course;
- carry out the technical-economic evaluation of the analyzed systems;
- 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 of energy systems as the operating parameters and the boundary conditions vary.

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, problems related to the analyzed energy systems and their integration.

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.


The students need 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.


Energy sources and vectors, legislative and economic overview (8 Hours: 1 CFU). Classification of energy sources. Italian, European and world energy overview. Recalls on the economic evaluation of investments. Regulatory framework and incentive systems for renewable sources.

Cogeneration Plants (12 Hours: 1,5 CFU): Main cogeneration and polygeneration plants and related costs, tax exemption of natural gas, high efficiency cogeneration. Pre-feasibility case studies.

Renewable energy sources and related costs: (40 hours: 5 CFU) Availability of solar energy, Solar Thermal, Solar Photovoltaic, Solar Thermodynamic, Wind energy, Hydroelectric energy, Geothermal energy, Biomass and waste cycle. Pre-feasibility case studies.

Energy Audit (4 hours: 0.5 CFU). Introduction to energy auditing; objectives to be achieved; Italian Technical standards for Energy auditing: UNI-CEI TR 11428; UNI TS 11300; Energy Performance Indicators (EPI); examples of energy audits in industrial and civil sector.

Basics on Energy Planning (8 Hours: 1CFU). Introduction to Energy System Analysis on large scale; Smart Energy Systems (Integrating electricity and heat and/or integrating electricity and transport); 100% RE systems; technical analysis of energy systems and analysis of electricity market exchange, excess electricity diagrams and wind and solar power integration.

The course aims to train students on the energy-economic-environmental assessment of the main energy conversion technologies based on the use of fossil or renewable sources, with particular attention to cogeneration systems. In addition, it provides the operating principles of technologies based on the use of renewables, also considering the pros and cons from energy, economic and environmental point of view of such technologies, as well as of the produced energy vectors.

Teaching Methods

The training contents are mainly transferred 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.


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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