Joint EPS-SIF International School on Energy 2012

Course I - "New strategies for energy generation, conversion and storage"
30 July - 4 August 2012 - VILLA MONASTERO - VARENNA, LAKE COMO

Presentations Application form Official Announcement Call for Scholarships

Directors: L. Cifarelli (Università di Bologna), F. Wagner (Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Greifswald), D.S. Wiersma (LENS and CNR-INO, Firenze)
Deadline for Application: 30 June 2012
Participation fee: € 900,00 (for attendance, full board, lodging and Proceedings)

List of Topics

  • Energy from fossil sources
  • Nuclear energy, fission and fusion physics
  • Renewable energy
  • Solar energy and photovoltaics
  • Wind generated energy
  • Energy from bio-sources
  • Energy, CO2 emissions, environment and global scenario
  • Energy storage, saving and efficiency
  • Energy for future transportation
  • Energy and communication


  • P. Antonini - Centro Fermi, Roma (Italy)
  • E. De Sanctis - INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati (Italy)
  • H. Freiesleben - Technische Universität, Dresden (Germany)
  • M. Gaderer - Technische Universität München (Germany)
  • H. Held - Universität Hamburg (Germany)
  • L. J. F. Hermans - Leiden Institute of Physics, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
  • H. Johansen - Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller (Norway)
  • K. Johansson - Global Energy Systems, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • P. Lagoudakis - University of Southampton (UK)
  • A. J. McEvoy - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • M. Milanese - Kitenergy, Torino (Italy)
  • C. Ohler - ABB Corporate Research, Baden-Dättwil (Switzerland)
  • M. E. Ricotti - Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • R. Schlögl - Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin (Germany)
  • F. Wagner - Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Greifswald (Germany)
  • H-J. Wagner - Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany)
  • D.S. Wiersma - LENS and CNR-INO, Firenze (Italy)

Correspondence and application forms should be sent to:
M. Burresi
LENS - European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy
Via Nello Carrara 1
50019 Sesto-Fiorentino, Firenze (Italy)
Tel.: ++39-055-4572502 Fax: ++39-055-4572451


The presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the lecturer's name. The abstracts can be downloaded by clicking on the title.

30 July
31 July
1 August
2 August
3 August
9:00-10:00 De Sanctis
Energy and scientific communication
MOVING AROUND EFFICIENTLY: Energy and transportation
Final disposal of radioactive waste
Hybrid Nanophotonics
Hybrid Nanophotonics
10:00-11:00 Johansson
Limits to biofuel production
Limits to biofuel production
H. Wagner
Introduction to wind energy systems
H. Wagner
Ecobalance of the off-shore wind park alpha ventus in Germany
Large scale
CO2 storage - Is it feasible
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:30 Ricotti
Nuclear energy
Nuclear energy
Nuclear energy
Efficiency versus Cost
Fundamentals of electrochemistry
12:30-15:00 Lunch break
15:00-16:00 Wiersma
Trapping the light fantastic
Group Work Gaderer
Basics of Fossil Power Plants
Advanced power plants and future requirements for fossil power plants
Concentrated PhotoVoltaics (CPV): is it a real opportunity?
16:00-17:00 F. Wagner
Fusion by magnetic confinement
F. Wagner
Fusion by magnetic confinement
Physics of Electric Power Systems
Climate Stabilization, Investments into the Energy System and Hedging against Uncertainty
Climate Stabilization, Investments into the Energy System and Hedging against Uncertainty
17:00-17:30 Break
17:30-18:30 F. Wagner
Features of an electricity supply system based on variable input
Students' talks
Rios, Sant, Chiappini
Struzhkin, Sonetti, Ptacek
Students' talks
Ruggeri, Pratesi, Reda, Armani
Wing/Kite Based Wind Energy Genaration: An Overview
Summary and highlights

The primary goal of the School will be to present all physics fields with relevance for the technologies of energy production, conversion, transmission and savings. Their potential will be presented but also the need for more research and development to fully unfold it will be indicated. For this purpose, basic lectures and topical seminars will be presented by specialists in their field.
The European energy supply situation is very inhomogeneous. There are countries with nearly 100% CO2-free, others with exclusively fossil-based electricity production. Some countries ban the use or future use of nuclear energy, for others, their dominant electricity production is based on it and they are building or planning new power reactors; some export electricity to a large extent other have the need to import electricity; some have used the last years to approach or even meet the Kyoto goals, others have moved away from them; some invest heavily in Renewable Energies (RE); in other countries they do not yet play a major role. Despite this disparity, Europe has well defined energy and environmental goals. The most ambitious ones are the 2020 targets. In order to meet these goals, most EU-27 countries have to modify their energy supply technologies and have to increase their present RE share. This requires extensive R&D in energy technologies and is a tremendous chance for students in all technical areas, but specifically in physics. Also the energy efficiency has to be increased clearly beyond the present measures taken in the EU countries. The reduction of energy efficiency and the increase of energy intensity (which has been growing in the last decades) is a major challenge where again physics will play a key role.
The School will cover major fields in detailed lectures but it will also serve as a forum of discussions. It brings together scientists working in various energy related areas. The following fields will be covered by lectures or seminars: solar photovoltaic and photothermal sources, hydro, wind, biomass, fossils, fission, fusion, energy saving technology, climate issues along with other topics where physics plays a role. The lectures will also identify cases where more research is necessary. In order to ensure a lively and up-to-date School, there will be plenary sessions going over several days and topical seminars.
In case your are interested in energy technology or even working in this field, we would encourage you to sign up.