Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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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. Emphasis will be given to solar energy for thermal and electrical end uses, wind energy, geothermal and geothermal-electric, biomass and analysis of investments 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.

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;

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;
- carry out the technical-economic evaluation of different types of systems for the use of renewable sources.

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, 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 must have acquired and assimilated the following knowledge related to applied thermodynamics and thermal science:
- fundamentals of mass and energy balances;
- fundamentals of plant components and energy conversion systems.


Recalls of thermodynamics. Equations of mass, energy and entropy balance. Equation of mechanical energy, main components of thermodynamic systems, energy conversion systems. (12 hours: 1,5 CFU)

General information on the energy framework. Classification of energy sources. Italian and world energy framework also in relation to the use of renewable sources. (4 hours: 0,5 CFU)

Economic evaluation of investments in the energy field, energy performance indicators. Regulatory and tariff system of final energy carriers. Energy and natural gas: from transportation to local electricity distribution. Average value of kWh prices in the European market. (4 hours: 1/2 CFU)

Energy conversion technologies: heat exchangers and pinch technology, high efficiency boilers, vapor compression and absorption heat pumps, pre-feasibility studies of energy saving systems in different users. (8 hours: 1 CFU)

Cogeneration plants. Main cogeneration and trigeneration systems and related costs, high efficiency cogeneration. Pre-feasibility studies (12 hours: 1,5 CFU):

Renewable energy sources and related costs: availability of solar energy, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, solar thermodynamic, wind energy, hydroelectric energy, geothermal energy, biomass and waste cycle. Feasibility studies of renewable energy systems. (32 hours: 4 CFU)

The course aims to train students on the energy-economic-environmental assessment of the main energy conversion technologies from fossil or renewable sources. The course provides basic knowledge on the issues of boiler technologies, heat pumps and absorption machines and the general principles of the application of cogeneration. In addition, its contents allow evaluating the advantages/disadvantages of using renewable sources (solar, wind, geothermal, biomass) and the operating principles of the technologies that use them in order to be able to evaluate their actual use.

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.


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, and 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.

More information

MS Teams code: pnexrcw