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Bioenergy 1

Semester 1

Humans have used Bioenergy for thousands of years. It is still the most widely used form of renewable energy. In this course students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of what biomass is, its role in nature and for human societies, in which way it is used sustainably, how it can be converted to energy and how certain biofuel technologies can help with waste management.
Bioenergy encompasses many different sources including energy crops, agricultural waste, domestic waste and animal waste, all of which are plentiful across the Caribbean region. Case studies are presented that show current practices across the Caribbean.


1. Bioenergy
2. Biomass fundamentals – properties and metabolisms
3. Bioenergy conversion technologies
4. Global bioenergy applications
5. Biomass production and utilization pathways
6. Energy from waste
7. Bioenergy resources for combustion
8. Wastewater treatment - Anaerobic digestion
9. Liquid Biofuels – Bioethanol
10. Liquid Biofuels - Synfuels and Biodiesel
11. Biorefineries

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Discuss the role of biomass in nature and for human societies
2. Formulate the sustainable utilization of biomass
3. Categorize the various sources and uses of bioenergy
4. Explain the fundamental processes of the bioenergy system
5. Describe different waste-to-energy systems and justify their utilization under differing operating conditions.

6. Differentiate between various process routes for the generation of biofuels
7. Analyse the complex biology of anaerobic digestion
8. Distinguish between first, second and third generation biofuels and appropriately propose their respective usage
9. Perform detailed biomass to energy conversion experiments and communicate results concisely

Course Code: 
3 Credits
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