Energy Transport & Storage

Teaching hours and credit allocation: 30 hours, 6 credits
Course assessment: exams

Aims

This course aims at providing a concrete and comprehensive knowledge of Energy Transport to achieve a sustainable and efficient transportation of energy. Students will be aware of the usage of different methods for the transportation of LNG (specially designed large ships, trucks) as well as the special conditions required for its storage (insulated storage tanks specifically built to hold LNG at terminals). Both technological and Economics options will be described.

Transportation of natural gas is closely linked to its storage. Storage facilities will be presented. The course will also analyse pathways to directly use natural gas, as compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), in the transportation sector as an economic alternative to gasoline and other transportation fuels. Recent LNG projects will be analysed throughout case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completing the course students will be able to:
  • understand the fundamental principles of Energy sources and their Transport
  • understand of topics related to transport of energy sources
  • discuss about the methods for the transportation of LNG
  • understand the necessity and the conditions of storage of LNG
  • understand the difference between LNG and CNG
  • comprehend the evolution of energy storage industry
  • understand the function of energy hubs in energy sector
  • explore facilities considered as hubs
  • analyse studies on ways to integrate renewable energy sources into the power grid

Content

  • EU Energy and Transport framework;
  • Shipping and Energy Transport;
  • Fundamentals of Natural Gas Processing;
  • The LNG and CNG Transportation;
  • Energy Hubs;
  • Energy Storage;
  • Principles of Renewable Energy Conversion, Transmission and Storage.