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Course Overview

Renewable energy sources play a key role in the transition toward a zero-carbon society: by 2050, they are expected to supply more than 2/3 of the global energy demand, strongly contributing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the effects of global warming. The MOOC offers an updated and comprehensive overview of renewable energy technologies, from technical and economic perspectives.


  • Illustrate the concepts of distributed AC power systems and microgrids.
  • Define and explain various configurations and applications of AC microgrid systems.
  • Design various control schemes for power electronic converters employed in AC microgrids including voltage source inverter (VSI)
  • Illustrate how power electronics converters are integrated to form AC  pico, nano and smart Microgrids with their operation and control in  grid-connected and islanded mode

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Course Structure

  • Lesson 1 - Introduction: energy transition and the role of renewable energy technologies2020/09/11
  • Lesson 2 - Solar energy: availability and overview of technologies2020/09/18
  • Lesson 3 - Solar thermal systems2020/09/25
  • Lesson 4 - Photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power systems2020/10/02
  • Lesson 5 - Wind energy2020/10/09
  • Lesson 6 - Hydropower2020/10/16
  • Lesson 7 - Geothermal energy2020/10/23
  • Lesson 8 - Biomass energy2020/10/29


Massimo Dentice Accadia

Massimiliano Dentice D’Accadia is the Energy Manager of University of Naples Federico II and member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Industrial Engineering. His fields of interest cover are the thermodynamic and thermoeconomic analysis of Advanced Energy Systems; energy saving in industry and buildings; renewable energy sources (solar energy, geothermal energy, biomass and waste).


Maria Vicidomini

Maria Vicidomini is researcher at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research activity has been mainly focused on the development of dynamic simulation models for the energy, exergy, economic and environmental analysis and impact of innovative systems for distributed polygeneration systems, supplied by renewable energy (geothermal, solar, wind energy) and natural gas. Building Integrated Solar Thermal Systems and internal combustion engines for the production of heat, cool and power. Solar heating and cooling systems. Solar desalination systems. Hybrid renewable system based on wind, solar and geothermal energy. Electrical storage. Electric vehicles.


Francesco Calise

Francesco Calise is Professor of industrial technical physics at the University of Naples Federico II. His research activity has been mainly focused on the following topics: fuel cells, advanced optimization techniques, solar thermal systems, concentrating photovoltaic/thermal photovoltaic systems, energy saving in buildings, solar heating and cooling, Organic Rankine Cycles, geothermal energy, dynamic simulations of energy systems, renewable Polygeneration systems and many others.