The course deals comprehensively with issues related to energy transformation processes and their impact on the environment. Sustainability is considered with reference to several aspects: energy use, renewable energy, energy transformations, use of fossil fuels in combustion processes in heating systems and in thermal engines. Pollutants and techniques to limit their emission in he environment,
Attendance to the course requires knowledge provided by the courses of Physics and Chemistry.
Course contents summary
General considerations. The energy balance of the planet. Energy sustainability. Energy consumption in the world. Technologies for the use of renewable sources. Solar energy. Biomass. Hydro power. Wind power.
Thermodynamic cycles, power generation and cogeneration. Combustion processes. Fuels and their characteristics.Emissions from stationary and mobile applications, and techniques for their reduction.