Joint EPS-SIF International School on Energy 2019

Course 5 - Energy: Where we stand and where we go



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, thus addressing today's most relevant energy issues. The potential of the vatious technologies will be presented but also the need for more research and development to fully unfold them 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 of 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, others have the need to import electricity; 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. In order to meet these goals, most EU 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 improvement 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 discussion. It brings together scientists working in various energy related areas. The following fields will be covered by lectures or seminars: solar photovoltaic, hydro, wind, biomass, fossils, fission, fusion, energy saving technology, environment and climate issues along with other topics where physics play 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 you are interested in energy technology or even working in this field, we would encourage you to sign up.

Many fellowships for participating in this School will be available.

Luisa Cifarelli - Università di Bologna e Centro Fermi (Italy)
Friederich Wagner - Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Greifswald (Germany)

Scientific Secretary
Gianluca Alimonti - INFN, Milano (Italy)

Scientific Committee
Gianluca Alimonti - INFN e Università di Milano (Italy)
Luisa Cifarelli - Università di Bologna e Centro Fermi (Italy)
Jozef Ongena - Ecole Royale Militaire, Brussels (Belgium)
Francesco Romanelli - Università di Roma "Tor Vergata" (Italy)
Friederich Wagner - Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Greifswald (Germany)

A. Agostiano - Università di Bari (Italy)
H. Ait Abderrahim - SCK-CEN, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre, Mol (Belgium)
A. Auer - Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany)
P. Balossino - Eni Upstream, San Donato Milanese MI (Italy)
V. Barone - Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy)
C. Buchal - Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)
R. Caciuffo - European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre-JRC Karlsruhe (Germany)
A. Contin - Università di Bologna (Italy)
J. Craig - Eni Upstream, San Donato Milanese MI (Italy)
A. Di Carlo - Università di Roma "Tor Vergata" (Italy)
G. Erdmann - Technische Universtität Berlin (Germany)
F. Forastiere - IBIM-CNR, Palermo (Italy) e King's College, London (UK)
E. Janssen - Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium)
D. Notz - Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie, Hamburg (Germany)
J. Peinke - Universität Oldenburg (Germany)
M. Ripani - INFN Sezione di Genova (Italy)
F. Romanelli - Università di Roma "Tor Vergata" (Italy)
O. Vidal - Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
M. Waidhas - Siemens, Erlangen (Germany)
H. Weber - Universität Rostock (Germany)

Introductory talk on energy
Global energy situation
Climate issues
Sustainable energy and concept improvement
Basic physics of photovoltaics
Wind power and turbulences
How to come to 100% renewable electricity from the economy point of view
Basic principles of fission
Generation IV reactors
Myrrha reactor
Electrochemical energy conversion or energy storage by electrolysis
Health issues concerning energy
Energy savings / efficiency
Availability of materials for energy
The energy transition and where mobility will go to
Grids going from frequency control with inertia to angle control with converters
Exploration activity in the oil & gas upstream cycle
Development activity in the oil & gas upstream cycle

Special Topics
International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements IYPT 2019
Looking for the bricks of the life in the interstellar medium: the fascinating world of the astrochemistry


22 July
23 July
24 July
8.30-9.00 Welcome
9.00-10.00 Introductory talk on energy 1
Introductory talk on energy 2
Basics on fission
10.00-11.00 Climate issues 1
Climate issues 2
Generation IV reactors
Coffee Coffee Coffee
11.30-12.30 Material availability
Oil & Gas upstream cycle 1

MYRRHA project
12.30-13.30 Health issues
Oil & Gas upstream cycle 2

Basics on fusion
Lunch Lunch Lunch
15.00-16.00 Sustainable energy
Discussion Excursion
16.00-17.00 Discussion Students talks
Welcome party
Chair of the day: Alimonti Chair of the day: Wagner Chair of the day: Ongena

25 July
26 July
27 July
9.00-10.00 Basics on PV 1
Di Carlo
Basics on PV 2
Di Carlo
Energy transition & mobility 2
10.00-11.00 Wind power
H.-J. Wagner
Electromechanical energy
conversion & storage 2
Energy saving/efficiency
Coffee Coffee Coffee
11.30-12.30 Grids
Energy transition & mobility 1
100% renewable electricity
12.30-13.30 Electromechanical energy
conversion & storage 1

F. Wagner
Lunch Lunch Lunch
15.00-16.00 Discussion Discussion
16.00-17.30 Students talks Students talks
Farewell party
Chair of the day: Romanelli Chair of the day: Cifarelli Chair of the day: Wagner

Correspondence and application forms should be sent to:
G. Alimonti
INFN, Sezione di Milano
Via Celoria 16
20133 Milano (Italy)
Tel.: +39-02-50317363
Fax: +39-02-50317624

Arrival day: Sunday, 21 July 2019
Opening of the Course: Monday, 22 July 2019 - 9.00 a.m.
Closing of the Course: Saturday, 27 July 2019 - 12.30 p.m.
Participation fee: € 900,00 (VAT included) for attendance, board, lodging and Lecture Notes


A) – The School is intended for PhD students and young post-docs. The number of students at the Course is limited to about 60. Students are requested to attend all lectures.
B) – Whoever may be interested in attending the Course and is not entitled - for his age or other reasons - to be considered a student, may follow the Course as observer. Registration fee charged to observers is Euro 500,00. Observers should provide for their board and lodging; if required, the School may take care of their hotel accommodation.
C) – Applicants will be informed of the decision on their admittance within 6 weeks before the beginning of the Course.
D) – Owing to the limited number of places available in the lecture hall, it will not be possible to allow any person not selected by the Committee of the School to follow the Course.
E) – Students are requested to arrive at Varenna the day preceding the opening of the Course: Sunday, 21 July. Accommodation for the students will be provided in shared rooms with 2 beds in hotels/apartments at Varenna. Meals will be organized by the School.
F) – Fees should be paid by students and observers following the instruction and within the date indicated in the letter of admittance.
G) – Full/partial scholarships will be granted to deserving students, SIF/EPS Members, who need financial help. Such requests must be specified in the application and justified in the recommendation letter.
H) – Students should avoid being accompanied by relatives. In view of the holiday season local accommodation is very limited. Quite exceptionally the School could see to the accommodation of members of students’ families in local hotels. Hotel expenditure for students’ relatives will be payable separately and directly to the hotel management.

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