Bioenergy - 140491

Energy Engineering - 6 ECTS

University of Trento



The course focuses on Bio-Energy and in particular on the exploitation of biomass and biomass waste for energy recovery. The course encompasses thermochemical energy processes (combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, reforming, hydrothermal conversion), mechanical and chemical processes (e.g. oil extraction and trans-esterification), finally biochemical processes (fermentation and anaerobic digestion).
The course provides chemical engineering tools applied to the analysis of energy conversion processes involving biomass and organic waste.
Finally, the course provides the fundamentals of ASPEN PLUS® - a software package designed for process modeling and simulation that is extensively utilized in the chemical and energy industrial sectors.

The course is divided into three main parts. The first part covers the fundamental meteorological concepts, and in particular those mainly affecting the availability of renewable resources. The second and the third parts of the course deal more specifically on the methodologies and on the tools for the assessment of solar and wind energy resources.


The student, at the end of the course:

Will be able to analyze the various technologies available to valorize energetically the various types of biomass and organic waste;

Will be able to evaluate performances and limits of the same technologies in relation to the substrate to be treated;

Will have clear concepts and design elements to address the design of a bioenergy plant

Module level: Advanced 

Degree level: Master

Language: English

Study mode: 

The course accounts for frontal lectures (50 hours), during which the lecturer will address both informative and formative topics. The informative activity will provide a comprehensive overview of the bio-energy sector. The training activity will be divided into a discussion of the theoretical topics and the development and solution of some "practical" problems, where the theory will be applied. The lecturer will use PowerPoint presentations, while the exercises will be held on the blackboard.
The course also includes ten hours classes in a computer lab where basic knowledge will be provided for the use of ASPEN PLUS® simulation and modeling software, and where ASPEN PLUS® will be used by students, along with the teacher, to design simple thermochemical bio-energetic processes.

SDG11 Theme: Energy and sustainability; Circular economy


Semester: Spring semester

Starting date: 22 February 2020

Finishing date: 4 June 2020

Enrollment period: December 2020

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Provider University: University of Trento

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