Energy Technologies for Agro-Industry


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Responsible teacher

João Miguel Murta Pina


Weekly - 4

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The goal of this course is to provide students with knowledge and tools that allow them understand, evaluate and intervene in the selection of energy technologies in the agro-industry sector.

In the end of the course, students should have acquired knowledge, skills and competences that allow:

- Understand power and energy concepts, in a perspective of electric and thermal generation.

- Be able to analyze the energy context to which they belong and the corresponding legislative framework.

- Get familiar with electric and thermal technologies for energy production, storage and recovery, and evaluate application examples in the agro-industrial sector.

- Be able to select previous technologies for specific applications, based on production estimates and technical and economical viability studies.

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Subject matter

Introduction and basic concepts: basic concepts of electrotechnics and thermodynamics.

Legal framework of renewable electricity production: micro and minigeneration.

Photovoltaic solar energy: Grid connected, stand-alone and direct connected (water pumping) systems; greenhouse integration; energy production estimate.

Solar thermal energy: water heater technologies; system topologies in agro-industrial applications.

Wind energy: resource; types of turbines; power curve; energy production estimate; water pumping.

Mini and micro hydro energy: flow duration curve; turbines; energy production estimate.

Combined heat and power: simultaneous production of thermal and electric power, trigeneration; types of systems; renewable fuels.

Efficient lighting and energy efficiency: luminotechnics, LED’s, energy efficiency.

Energy storage and recovery: batteries; hydrogen and fuel cells; heat recovery.


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