Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Anno Accademico 2017/18
Geothermal Energy
Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Energetica E Nucleare - Torino
Docente Qualifica Settore Lez Es Lab Tut Anni incarico
Lo Russo Stefano ORARIO RICEVIMENTO O2 GEO/05 45 15 0 0 3
SSD CFU Attivita' formative Ambiti disciplinari
GEO/05 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
In the field of renewable energies, the course is devoted to the geothermal resources. The program will highlight the origin and dynamics of geothermal resources and fluids and the main exploration and exploitation technologies aimed to their use. It will consider both high and low enthalpy systems in terms of origin, behavior, potential and real uses, environmental and economic benefits and impacts.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
At the end of the course students should know the main principles related to high and low enthalpy geothermal energy systems, the main techniques of the geothermal exploration and the technologies for their exploitation in several environmental, territorial and geological contexts. Through practical exercises and field trips students will be involved in the processes of resources estimation and in the design and sizing of the geothermal plants.
Fundamentals of geology, the structure of the Earth, origin of geothermal resources, geothermal gradient and geothermal anomalies, the thermal properties of the ground, field methods to assess ground thermal properties. Geothermal exploration techniques.
Geothermal reservoirs (water and vapour dominated geothermal systems, hot dry rock systems). Deep geothermal exploration techniques. Uses of high enthalpy geothermal systems. Estimation, sustainability and environmental impact. Economic highlights in the energy world market.
Introduction to groundwater and hydrodynamics in porous media. Water wells and wells design. Unsaturated zone and aquifers properties. Heat propagation in the aquifers. Open-loop geothermal systems. Closed-loop geothermal systems. Heat pumps and plants. Legal, technical and economic elements. Sustainability and assessment of resources. Environmental impact and implementation with particular focus on urban areas.
Organizzazione dell'insegnamento
Numerical exercises
Field trips:
1) Study visit to a low enthalpy geothermal system sited in Turin (Politecnico-IntesaSanPaolo)
2) Study visit to one of the main high enthalpy geothermal system in Italy (Larderello, Tuscany).
Testi richiesti o raccomandati: letture, dispense, altro materiale didattico
Teachers notes

Suggested books:
- David Banks, An Introduction to Thermogeology: Ground Source Heating and Cooling, 2nd Edition. Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-470-67034-7
- Ronald DiPippo, Geothermal Power Plants (3rd Edition) Principles, Applications, Case Studies and Environmental Impact. Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-08-098206-9
Criteri, regole e procedure per l'esame
Mandatory written test (closed answers + numerical exercises). Optional (on-demand) oral exams for students passing the written test.
Orario delle lezioni
Statistiche superamento esami

Programma provvisorio per l'A.A.2017/18

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