Renewable energies, benefits and environmental impacts
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Achieve the basic consepts and skills of the consulting activity and ecological analisys within the environmental impact assessment of projecting, realization and functioning of renewable power plants.
Knowledge and understanding of the main ecological components differentially involved in different tyes of renewable power plant.
Applying knowledge and understanding which are the ecological components to be addressed and analysed within each assessment procedure
Making independent and scientific based judgement in order to trade off with the request of the administrative procedures.
Achieve comunication skills in order to properly expose technical and scientific issues to non specialized figures.
Achieve learning skills, to find out, learn and apply different methodological approaches in order to collect environmental data and to analyse environmental indicators by which describe and quantify the impacts or advantages related to the development and utilizzation of different renewable power plants.
Basic knowledge of Biology and Ecology. Basic knowledge and of plants and animals taxonomy and identification.
Course contents summary
General overview of the main energetico sources
Relevant Ecological components: abiotic and biotic (Flora and Fauna, Humans)
Applyed methodologies in ecological components analysis.
Identification and analysis criteria of Environmental impacts.
Main features and peculiarity of renewable power plants.
1.1. Course objectives
1.2. Energy: definition and measurements
1.3. Energetic sources in human history
1.3.4. Nuclear energy
1.4. Environment and Ecologiy: basic concepts
1.5. Ecosystems: basic concepts (energy fluxes and matter circulation)
1.6. Ecological components
1.6.1. Abiotic components (physical and chemical issues)
1.6.2. Vegetation (Vegetation cover analysis: types and composition)
1.6.3. Fauna (Composition and Types of animal communities)
1.6.4. Antropic component (Role of Human kind as an ecological component and as a pressure factor)
2. Vegetational component analysis
2.2. Land Use analysis
2.3. Phase I - Preliminary survey (Literature survey and data collection)
2.4. Phase II Field survey - (Vegetational relief)
2.5. Phase III Synthesis and Assessment
3. Animal component analysis
3.2. Phase I - Preliminary survey (Literature survey and data collection)
3.3. Phase II Field survey
3.3.1. Environmental monitoring
3.4. Faunal checklist and assessment
4. Ecosystem analysis
4.2. Ecosystem dinamics
4.2.1. Autodepurative capacity
4.3. Ecological succession (development phases)
4.4. Spatial evolution (River regionalization)
4.5. Ecosystem assessment tools
4.5.1. Ecological Network in the landscape
4.5.2. Complex River Assessment tools (IFF, IQM, Caravaggio)
5. Antropic Issues
5.1. Disturbances connected with Human activities
5.1.1. NIMBY Sindrome
5.2. Impact analysis
5.2.3. Extention (Area)
5.2.4. Action (Directindirect)/
6. On field training
6.1. Vegetational relief
6.2. Monitoring approaches and tecniques
7. Solar power plant analysis
7.1. Administrative issues
7.2. Projecting issues
7.3. Environmental issues
8. Hydro power plant analysis
8.1. Administrative issues
8.2. Projecting issues
8.3. Environmental issues
9. Wind and Biomass power plant analysis
9.1. Administrative issues
9.2. Projecting issues
9.3. Environmental issues
10. Environmental Impact mitigation and compensation
11. Field training
11.1. Power plant assessment simulation
Lecture issues and documents recalled in each lesson.
Classroom lessons, streaming lessons. Software: Teams. Practical activities and team activities will be applied.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral test. Three questions about the issues discussed during the lessons and field training.