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The course describes the major alternative energy conversion processes. The course will be focused on chemical and biochemical processes to produce sustainable and clean energy for example biodiesel from microalgae, bioethanol from cellulosic and lignocellulosic biomasses and biogas from anaerobic digestion.
The aim of the course consists of describing substrates, plants and chemical and metabolic engineering processes for the production of energy. The attention is focused on the feedstocks and the processes used to produce green energy discussing the concept of biorefinery and bioeconomy. The most common downstream processes and separation techniques (filtration, centrifugation etc.) at industrial scale are discussed.
At the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:
The course consists of lessons held in classroom with the help of slides, 48 hours in total. Part of them are represented by laboratory lessons, held in didactic laboratories, where students will actively participate to the experimental activities.
The syllabus of the course consists of:
The content of the course is:
- importance of sustainable energy production with low environmental impacts based on the use of different biomass resources: metabolic potentials of microorganisms and biomasses to produce biofuels and chemicals;
- conversion processes from photosynthetic microorganisms, plants and their residues, and urban wastes into biofuels: importance of operative parameters to enhance the conversion yield and the product quality;
- process engineering of conversion processes: quantification of key operative parameters for chemical metabolic engineering processes for energy production via mathematical formulations, energy and mass balances, plant design.
All the material shown during the lessons is given to the students. In general, the notes of each lesson and the slides are sufficient to study and to have success in examinations. However, the text reported below could be considered a valid support during the preparation of the exam:
Office hours: Upon appointment to be fixed at the teacher office: DICCA - Chemical Engineering Section, Polytechnic School, first floor via Opera Pia 15 - Genoa.
GUIDO BUSCA (President)
FABIO CURRÒ (President Substitute)
BRUNO FABIANO (President Substitute)
The final exam will be a written exam. This exam consists of three short-answer questions (5.5 points each): the first regarding a schematic representation of a plant for biofuels production, the second and the third regarding chemical and biochemical processes for the production of energy. Furthermore, there are 33 multiple-choice questions (0.5 points each) about all the topics explained during the course. There will be 3 exams during the winter session and 4 exams during the summer session.
The written exam will evaluate the capability of the students to provide schematic representation and comments regarding plants used for biofuels production and to critically describe the most common chemical and biochemical processes for energy production. The evaluation of the written exam will take into consideration the appropriateness of the words chosen in the text, the capability of problem solving in the case of plant design and the capability of being concise with clarity in the reported descriptions about the chemical and biochemical processes.