The aim of the module is to study the interactions between the environment and energy conversion systems and power plants, with particular reference to pollution (chemical and thermal) and to impacts related to energy systems.
Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course the student will be acquainted with major issues and main solutions applied today to reduce the environmental impact resulting from the processes of generation and use of energy. The student will also acquire basic knowledge concerning the assessment of pollutant emissions from power plants through the parameters and their units of measurement used to quantify these aspects. He/she will know problems, limitations, advantages and disadvantages of current solutions to reduce environmental impacts with reference to the total amount of generated energy.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student will be able to assess in a qualitative and quantitative way the most relevant environmental impacts resulting from energy generation processes taking account of the amount of generated and used energy.
The student will have the skills and knowledge needed to critically evaluate and compare different solutions for power generation, with particular reference to fossil fuel plants and alternatives currently available.
The student will acquire the necessary tools to effectively present evaluations and comparisons of different systems for the generation and use of energy, with particular reference to the environmental impacts caused by them.
The student will be able, through the acquisition of information and technical data on the systems under investigation, to keep his/her knowledge up-to-date about the solutions proposed and/or applied for the energy generation and use and related environmental impacts.