Energy and Environmental Sustainability

Objectives

Specific objectives: (a) To perform energy balances and mass balances applied to the conventional and biomass systems for energy production; (b) To identify the best avaibale tecnhologies and the best scenarios for the valorization of the renewable energy resources; (c) To understand, identify and quantify the environmental effects of the conventional and biomass systems for energy production; (d) To be good to implemente the technologies for mitigation of the environmental impact of the energy systems; (e) To know how to monitorize the environmental impacts due to the energy systems.

Specific knowledge, ability and proficiency : (1) To be able to analyze the whole energy systems (from the raw source to energy product utilization ); (2) To be able to perform mass and energy balances to the whole energy systems; (3) To be able to identify, monitorize and mitigate the environmental impacts resulting from the energy systems; (5) To be able to perform the Life Cycle Analysis (ACV/LCA) of the energy products resulting from the conventional and non conventional energy systems.

General characterization

Code

9621

Credits

6.0

Responsible teacher

Ana Luísa Almaça da Cruz Fernando, Nuno Carlos Lapa dos Santos Nunes

Hours

Weekly - 2

Total - 42

Teaching language

Português

Prerequisites

Not aplicable

Bibliography

Wengenmayr, R. and Buhrke, T. (2008) Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Future, Wengenmayr, R. and Buhrke, T. (Eds.), Wiley-VCH, 120 pp (ISBN 978-3527408047)

Ralph E. H. Sims (2002) The brilliance of bioenergy: in business and in practice. James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd, 316 pp. (ISBN: 1 902916 28 X) 

R. Hinrichs and M. Kleinbach (2006) Energy: its use and the Environment. Thomson, 4th edition, 595 pp. + appendices (ISBN 0-495-01085-5) 

G. Centi and R. A. van Santen (2007) Catalysis for renewables: from feedstock to energy production, G. Centi and R. A. van Santen (Eds.) Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 423 pp (ISBN: 978-3-527-31788-2)

Teaching method

Lectures and practical sessions (critical analysis of case studies).

Evaluation method

Elaboration, presentation and discussion of a specific work subject.

Succeed with a minimum classification of 9.5 values (out of 20 values)

Subject matter

1. Avaibility of fossil and renewable energetis resoucres. 2. Energy uses: systems with differents efficiencies. 3. Global vision of the production energy systems using biomass: raw materials to energy products. 4. Environmental impacts due to energy systems. Mitigation of impactes.5. Mass balances to production energy systems. 6. Informatic tools. 7. Life Cycle Analysis (ACV/LCA) to production energy systems. 8. Informatic tools. 9. Scenarios for suatainable energetic valorization: enviromental, social and economic analysis.

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