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Subject: GEO-ENERGIE (A.A. 2023/2024)


Course year 1
Teaching units Unit Geo-energie
Geology and Paleontology (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: GEO/02 CFU: 5
Geology and Paleontology (exercise)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: GEO/02 CFU: 1
Teachers: Stefano CONTI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Stefano CONTI


Have an integrated vision of the planet Earth as the only great irreplaceable resource but not inexhaustible
- Know the main resources of the planet that can be used for energy purposes

Admission requirements

Have knowledge of regional geology and the disciplines that contribute to the formation of sedimentary environments

Course contents

Economic geology and resources - Current state and future prospects
Renewable Energy Resources - Solar, Wind, Hydropower, Biomass - Other Resources: geothermy, Nuclear.
Non-renewable energy sources - Genes and types of hydrocarbons (exploration and exploitation), sedimentary source and reservoir rocks (facies analysis), structural traps, Italian deposits (Gela, Agri, etc.), relations with the main agencies (Agip, Snam, Eni,).
Interpretation of seismic sections (part of a laboratory) - study of the evolutionary history of sedimentary basins in various environmental contexts, analysis and recognition by seismic sections of possible hydrocarbon reservoirs.
New geological sources - unconventional hydrocarbons; Alternative geological sources (geothermal, tide, water).
Sustainable development - Hydrocarbons and environmental reflections (greenhouse effect, acid rain, pollution, etc.); The environmental geologist (recycling and storage of polluting materials, seizure of CO2, problematic geological sites, radioactive waste storage, etc.). The geological record and climate change, natural and man-made contributions.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, instructor-led exercises aimed at interpreting seismic sections in different geodynamic contexts, reviewing on the topics discussed at lesson

Assessment methods

Final evaluation expressed in thirty-eight by oral examination: the interview is articulated with open questions on the main georisources useful for the planet's energy development and on issues related to their exploitation. In the evaluation criterion, the mnemonic knowledge will have a weight of 10%, 30% reasoning capacity, 20% exhibit clarity, 30% interdisciplinary links, 10% ability to apply knowledge. Oral examination

Learning outcomes

Knowledge of the main georesourceses useful for the planet's energy development with particular focus on geology energetic transition
Distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources
- Recognize source and reservoire rocks
- Analyze in the light of the data from the geological record the global changes


appunti e materiale didattico fornito dal docente
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Brondi et al., (2011) Smaltimento dei rifiuti radioattivi. Dario Flaccovio
Carrà (2008) Le fonti di Energia. Il Mulino
Carroll A.L. (2015)Geofuels. Cambridge UNiversity Press
Crescenti & Mariani (2008) Cambiamenti climatici e conoscenza scientifica. XXI SEC
Einsele G. (2003) - Sedimentary Basins, Elsevier ed.
Giavarini C. (2007) Energia immensa e sfida ambientale: gli idrati del metano. La Sapienza
Jacobson M.Z. (2021) 100% Clean Renewable Energy and storage for everything, Cambridge Un. Press
Le SCIENZE Quad. 129 (2002) Le risorse energetiche
Lomborg B. (2003) L’ambientalista scettico, Mondadori
Maugeri L. (2008) Con tutta l’energia possibile. Sperling & Kupfer
Pieri M. (1988) Il Petrolio, Zanichelli
Pietrogrande P. & Masullo A. (2003) Energia verde per un paese rinnovabile. F. Muzzio
Toro & Ruspandini (2009) Geotermia. Dario Flaccovio
Varvelli (2007) Petrolio e dopo? ETAS