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Bioenergy II

Semester 2

Building on from knowledge gained in Bioenergy I, this module aims to cover in detail the production of energy from waste, of alcohols from micro-organisms and micro-algal systems and to cover in detail the topic of advanced conversion technologies such as pyrolysis and gasification and of special heat engines suited to the use of fuels derived from biomass/waste. A closer look at anaerobic bio digesters is performed, an area of potential benefit to the treatment of human and agricultural wastes. The principles underlying: alcohol production, energy extraction from waste, gasification, pyrolysis and the cycles of engines designed to run on fuels from biomass are covered in depth throughout this module. Students wishing to further specialize in this area will have the option of taking this course which further develops some of the topics in the first Bioenergy course and goes in-depth into the science of waste-to-energy production.


1. Biodigesters
2. Advanced conversion technologies
3. Electricity generation from bioenergy
4. Gasification
5. Pyrolysis
6. Biodiesel
7. Micro algae feedstock
8. Economics of biomass-to-electricity systems
9. Environmental impact of bioenergy
10. Revision

  • Coursework: 50%
    • Laboratory Assignment 20%
    • Term Paper 10%
    • Mid-semester 20%
  • Final Exam: 50%
    • Three hour final exam
Learning Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students MUST be able to:
1. Explain the various methods of deriving alcohol fuels from biomass feedstock
2. Describe the process of clean incineration of waste to generate electricity
3. Determine under what situations advanced conversion technologies such as pyrolysis and gasification should be utilized.
4. Explain how biogas is produced from anaerobic digestion processes
5. Identify the key elements of steam and gas turbine cycle technologies and explain their principle of operation in biogas systems.
6. Perform detailed biogas/biomass experiments and communicate results concisely
7. Discuss complex theories both verbally and in written format

Course Code: 
3 Credits
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