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ENERGY TRANSITION AND POWER SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

CODE 108134
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 11427 MANAGEMENT FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSITION (MEET)(LM-77) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-IND/33
    LANGUAGE English
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course covers topics that constitute the basic knowledge of electrical power systems with applications to the scenarios characterizing the current energy transition. The course features two mutually integrated contributions. The first contribution concerns the description of traditional and renewable electricity production plants, distributed generation systems and polygenerative microgrids, electric mobility systems, technological, economic and regulatory aspects for energy communities. The second contribution presents descriptive, methodological and technological aspects for the management of electrical energy systems. It addresses the economic definition of the operating point, the dispatching of generation resources, examines the structure of the electricity market and the possible services to be offered to the network.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Introduction to the basic aspects related to the operation and technical-economic management of energy production and distribution systems. Particular attention is paid to application examples and current energy scenarios at European and national level.

    The course is focused on the current energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources. The architecture of the national electric power system is described by analyzing the main characteristics of electricity production, transmission and distribution systems. The evolution from centralized to distributed generation is highlighted and the main features of energy generation and storage systems are analyzed. Particular attention is paid to polygeneration microgrids (equipped with renewable power plants, high performance cogeneration and trigeneration units, storage batteries, flexible loads, etc.) and energy communities, taking into account the most recent EU and national policies related to energy markets and incentive mechanisms. The main tools used to design and manage the aforesaid energy infrastructures are described together with the basic economic and environmental indicators for the evaluation of the profitability of investments in the sustainable energy sector. Moreover, the role of electric mobility within these new energy scenarios is described and deeply analyzed.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The main aim of the course is to enable students to acquire knowledge and methodologies of analysis for the study and management of production, distribution and storage energy systems, with particular attention to the field of renewable sources, microgrids, energy communities and energy markets, as well as electric mobility. The objective is the acquisition of knowledge on issues concerning complex structures such as the electrical system in order to make the student able to interact with specialists of technical sectors in working groups that operate in large Utilities or in energy management structures.

    At the end of the course, students will have acquired useful skills in order to develop technical-economic analyses of the main energy systems that are at the basis of the current energy transition.

    PREREQUISITES

    Basic knowledge of mathematics and physics.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    • Basic concepts about the architecture of the national electric power system. Load diagrams. The national electrical balance.
    • Electricity production power plants: fossil fuel and renewable power plants.
    • Distributed generation and polygeneration microgrids: technological and operational management aspects.
    • Electric mobility systems: main characteristics of vehicles and charging infrastructures.
    • Economic definition of the operating point, dispatching of generation resources, continuity of service and management in normal, alert and emergency conditions.
    • Electricity dispatching and functioning of the electricity market.
    • Regulation services offered by energy production plants and other possible market players within the electrical power system.
    • Description of the forms of incentives for energy production by renewable power plants and high performance cogeneration units, with reference also to energy communities: technological, economic and regulatory aspects.
    • Analysis of business plans in the energy production sector: analysis of real case studies with calculation of economic indicators.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Handouts and teaching materials provided by the teachers.

    Books recommended by the teachers.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    as per academic calendar 1st semester

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral interview

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Verification of the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical methodologies for the analysis and management of power generation and distribution systems.

     

    EXAM SCHEDULE: by appointment agreed with the professors in compliance with the general University calendar.