New Perspectives in Energy for a Sustainable Growth – Proff. Claudia Lupi, Giuseppe Tannoia, Michele De Bastiani

In this course a general overview on the climate actions, with reference to SDG 13 and 7 will be provided, discussing the challenges in the framework of the European Green Deal plan.

Title: New Perspectives in Energy for a Sustainable Growth

Provider University of Pavia, Prof. Claudia Lupi, Prof. Giuseppe Tannoia, Michele De Bastiani

Date: First Semester, January 2023


PROGRAM

L1 Introduction to Climate Change and Sustainability Challenges

L2 Framework on energies and SDGs #7 #13

L3 Decarbonization, geological storage and carbon dioxide mineralization

L4 Solar Energy: challenge, potential and new technology

L5 Cost and Limits of current solar technology and economic frame


Description of the course

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States express their commitment to protect the planet from degradation and take urgent action on climate change. The Agenda also identifies, in its paragraph 14, climate change as “one of the greatest challenges of our time” and worries about “its adverse impacts undermine the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development. To face climate change science and technology have to create new solutions for the social development, developing concrete actions to mitigate the global crisis. The world is making good progress on increasing access to electricity and improving energy efficiency. However, millions of people throughout the world still lack such access, and progress on facilitating access to clean cooking fuels and technologies is too slow. Among others, the field of renewable energy is in great expansion. The renewable energy share of total final energy consumption gradually increased, from 16.3 per cent in 2010 to 17.0 per cent in 2015 and 17.3 per cent in 2017, but faster growth is required to meet long-term climate goals. As mentioned in the most recent Report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewables will lead the energy transition to a greener and sustainable world. In this course we will tackle this challenge showing how renewable energies have developed in the last year, with a special focus on solar energy, as “the new king” among renewables (defined by IEA).

In this course a general overview on the climate actions, with reference to SDG 13 and 7 will be provided, discussing the challenges in the framework of the European Green Deal plan. Then, the course will provide a broad overview on the current energy scenario and the different energy solutions highlighting advantages and issues. In addition, the course will present different perspectives on the technologies for decarbonization, geological storage and carbon dioxide mineralization along with a more detailed discussion on the most recent nanotechnological solutions and advanced in science and research. In particular, among others, the course will focus on solar energy, as a mainstream technology in the energy field. The so-called new generation solar technologies will be discussed and presented, with a special focus on the modern solutions in the photovoltaic field. Finally, an overview on the cost and on economic evaluation of the solar energy will be presented.

Learning outcomes:

1. Frame of climate change and sustainability challenge (SDG13);

2. Framework on energies and SDG 7 goals;

3. decarbonization, geological storage and carbon dioxide mineralization;

4. Solar Energy: challenges and potential;

5. New photovoltaic technology for addressing modern solution (i.e. integrated photovoltaics);

6. Cost and Limits of current solar technology and economic frame.

How: in streaming on-line

Credits: 1 (8 hours)

Time period: Second Semester, January 2023

Any prerequisites: Interest on Sustainability (SDG7, SDG 13), Climate Change, Energy challenges, Modern Photovoltaics.

Learning resources: Slides and scientific papers

Type of assessment: Multiple choice test. The test is composed of 19 questions; the time available to complete the test is 45 minutes. It will be available on the Kiro plaftorm (link to be released soon). The test will be accessible from 2h00 to 4h00 pm, with 45 minutes available to complete it.

Dates of the assessment: 16th June, 14th July, 8th September.

Quality assurance: University of Pavia

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