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GEOTHERMICS
GEOTERMIA

A.Y. Credits
2023/2024 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Alberto Renzulli On request by E-mail
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Environmental Geology and Land Management (LM-74)
Curriculum: GEOTECNOLOGIE, TERRITORIO E AMBIENTE
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Learning Objectives

The course is focused on the various types of exploitation of the geothermal resource as renewable: electricity production, direct use and ground heat exchange for heating and cooling (gothermal heat pumps).

Program

Terrestrial Heat Flux and possible usages. Fluids geochemistry: basic concepts (chemical composition, weathering and classification of waters, stable isotopes). Geothermal energy in the context of renewables. Types and characters of medium and high enthalpy geothermal systems in different tectonic and geodynamic contexts. Resources and reserves, UNFC 2022 classification of the geothermal fields, reinjection. Main exploration techniques for geothermal fields. Hydrothermal and volcanic fluids (gases and waters) and their role in the development of high-temperature geothermal fields. Hints on geothermometry. Hydrothermal alteration. Geothermal drillings and well test. Types and functioning of the geothermal power plants for energy production. Corrosion and scaling. Environmental benefits and possible impact of exploration and exploitation activities; mitigating actions. Examples of Italian and South America exploited geothermal systems. Fieldtrip and visit to the italian geothermal plant of Larderello.

Low temperature geothermal systems. Geothermal direct uses: swimming pools and wellness centers, greenhouses, agricultural production, fish farming and aquaculture, snow melting, and various industrial processes. Geothermal heat pump systems with closed- and open-loop circuit; Italian, European and World situation; regulation. Geotechnical, thermal and hydrogeological investigation of the soil in the field and in the laboratory; thermal response test; worksite; monitoring. Benefits and environmental impacts. Examples of plants in operation for heating and cooling with geothermal heat pumps.

Bridging Courses

No bridging courses.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The student will aquire a critical knowledge on the whole spectrum of use of the geothermal energy, in particular for understanding, applying knowledge, making judgements, communication and learning skills.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Seminar activities and insights given by researchers of the University of Urbino or other universities or research centers will be provided as well as experience activities at geothermal plants for (i) electricity production and (ii) air conditioning production with closed-loop borehole heat exchangers coupled with heat pumps.


Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Lectures, practical activities on specific software, geological fieldtrip in selected italian geothermal areas and visit to plants for air conditioning through closed-loop borehole heat exchangers coupled with geothermal heat pumps.

Innovative teaching methods
Attendance

Attendance is suggested. The practical activities are also comprised for the final knowledge.

Course books

Files of the lessons given to the students and available at Moodle › blended.uniurb.it

Suggested textbooks:

Adele Manzella, Carlo Ungarelli (2011) La Geotermia – L’energia sotto i nostri piedi. Società editrice il Mulino.

Kenneth Wohletz, Grant Heiken (1992) Volcanology and Geothermal Energy, University of California Press, 432 pp. 

Beniamino Toro, Tania Ruspandini (2009) Geotermia, Aspetti geologici – Ricerca – Utilizzazione. Collana SIGEA di geologia ambientale, Dario Flaccovio Editore, 119 pp. 

Francesco Tinti (2008) Geotermia per la climatizzazione. Dario Flaccovio Editore, 209 pp.

Assessment

Oral examination is structured to improve the knowledge of the students concerning fundamental concepts, technical procedures, command of the specific language, appropriate claim on the issues and challenges. The oral examination is evaluated in thirtieths.

Disabilità e DSA

Le studentesse e gli studenti che hanno registrato la certificazione di disabilità o la certificazione di DSA presso l'Ufficio Inclusione e diritto allo studio, possono chiedere di utilizzare le mappe concettuali (per parole chiave) durante la prova di esame.

A tal fine, è necessario inviare le mappe, due settimane prima dell’appello di esame, alla o al docente del corso, che ne verificherà la coerenza con le indicazioni delle linee guida di ateneo e potrà chiederne la modifica.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Course books

Files of the lessons given to the students and available at Moodle › blended.uniurb.it

Suggested textbooks:

Adele Manzella, Carlo Ungarelli (2011) La Geotermia – L’energia sotto i nostri piedi. Società editrice il Mulino.

Kenneth Wohletz, Grant Heiken (1992) Volcanology and Geothermal Energy, University of California Press, 432 pp. 

Beniamino Toro, Tania Ruspandini (2009) Geotermia, Aspetti geologici – Ricerca – Utilizzazione. Collana SIGEA di geologia ambientale, Dario Flaccovio Editore, 119 pp. 

Francesco Tinti (2008) Geotermia per la climatizzazione. Dario Flaccovio Editore, 209 pp.

Assessment

Oral examination is structured to improve the knowledge of the students concerning fundamental concepts, technical procedures, command of the specific language, appropriate claim on the issues and challenges. The oral examination is evaluated in thirtieths.

Disabilità e DSA

Le studentesse e gli studenti che hanno registrato la certificazione di disabilità o la certificazione di DSA presso l'Ufficio Inclusione e diritto allo studio, possono chiedere di utilizzare le mappe concettuali (per parole chiave) durante la prova di esame.

A tal fine, è necessario inviare le mappe, due settimane prima dell’appello di esame, alla o al docente del corso, che ne verificherà la coerenza con le indicazioni delle linee guida di ateneo e potrà chiederne la modifica.

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