Renewable and fossile energy resources. Energy and environmental issues. Energy production and management for rural systems. Energy analysis methodologies and saving interventions in crop production and animal housing. Elements of electrical engineering.
Biomass resources: solid fuels (agricultural and forestry residues, energy crops), liquid biofuels (ethanol, oils, biodiesel). Combustion heating systems and efficiency. Anaerobic digestion technology for biogas production. Cogeneration systems.
Air, water and geothermal heat pumps.
Solar energy application: thermal collectors; hot water installations, solar drying; photovoltaic systems and components, stand-alone and grid-direct solar electric systems.
Wind energy: site selection, wind characteristics, type of wind machines for mechanical and electricity power generation. Tecnical and environmental issues