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CODE 72562
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-IND/25
LANGUAGE English
TEACHING LOCATION
  • SAVONA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
MODULES Questo insegnamento è un modulo di:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

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. Furthermore, a brief introduction about the waste management integrated into a biorefinery concept is presented. In this context, the production of high value-added compounds, biopolymers, and energy is discussed. The main approaches for biochemical process safety are also briefly described.

At the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • understand and critically describe chemical and biochemical processes that are the basis for the production of the most common biofuels (biodiesel, bioethanol, hydrogen and biogas);
  • design plants for the above-mentioned biofuels;
  • set up and supervise cultivation systems of microorganism used for biofuels production;
  • understand the most common downstream processes and separation techniques used at industrial scale for biofuels production;
  • provide examples of biorefineries.

TEACHING METHODS

The course consists of lessons held in classroom with the help of slides, 48 hours in total.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The syllabus of the course consists of:

  • plants for the growth of microorganism and for the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, hydrogen and biogas (fermenters, bioreactors, plants for transesterification, plants for anaerobic digestion etc.);
  • microalgae: growth, plants for microalgae cultivation at industrial scale and processes to obtain energy;
  • chemical and biochemical processes for the production of biodiesel, fossil fuels, bioethanol, hydrogen and biogas;
  • downstream processes and separation techniques: filtration, centrifugation, sedimentation, flocculation, distillation, extraction, and chromatography;
  • biorefineries and bioeconomy;
  • waste management towards the safe production of high value-added compounds, biopolymers and energy.

 

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.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

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:

  • A. Fiechter, “Advances in biochemical engineering/biotechnology”, Springer-Verlag.
  • J.E. Bailey and D.F. Ollis, “Biochemical engineering fundamentals”, McGraw Hill.
  • S. Katoh and F. Yoshida, “Biochemical engineering: a textbook for engineers, chemists and biologists”, WILEY-VCH.
  • J. R. Bastidas-Oyanedel & O. J. E. Schmidt, Biorefinery (2019), Springer.
  • Foust et al. I Principi Delle Operazioni Unitarie - Ed. Ambrosiana, Milano

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

GUIDO BUSCA (President)

MARIA BOLLA

BRUNO FABIANO

GABRIELLA GARBARINO

FABIO CURRO' (President Substitute)

CARLO SOLISIO (President Substitute)

LESSONS

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The achievement of the teaching objectives is certified through an oral exam of about 40 minutes.

Excellence (30/30 cum laude) is achieved by demonstrating the ability to master the subject, being able to use the concepts learned and apply them to different types of problems than those discussed in the classroom.

Students with learning disorders ("Disturbi Specifici di Apprendimento", DSA) will be allowed to use specific modalities and supports that will be determined on a case-by-case basis in agreement with the delegate of the Engineering courses in the Committee for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral 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 oral exam will take into consideration the appropriateness of the words chosen, 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.

Students with learning disorders ("Disturbi Specifici di Apprendimento", DSA) will be allowed to use specific modalities and supports that will be determined on a case-by-case basis in agreement with the delegate of the Engineering courses in the Committee for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
03/06/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
18/06/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
04/07/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
22/07/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale
04/09/2024 10:00 GENOVA Orale