The aim of the module is to provide students with an advanced knowledge of the sources of biomass available for liquid biofuels production and the range of technologies used for conversion of the biomass into biofuels. The module covers characterization of biomass and biofuels, conversion processes and existing technologies, and applications of biofuels including their use in alternative engines.
Course Overview: on completion of this course, delegates will be able to:
- Identify the range of biomass resources available for liquid biofuels production.
- Review the barriers to uptake of biomass as a renewable energy source
- Evaluate a range of technologies available for liquid biofuels production from biomass and analyse the potential for future reduction in costs through technological development
- Explain the main theoretical concepts and practical implementation associated with biofuels engineering systems
- Critically review the problems, production and appraisal of solutions for biomass engineering systems
- Introduction to biofuels:
- Introduction to biofuels production and use
- Review of alternatives energies and environmental impacts
- Raw materials for liquid biofuels production characterization and assessment:
- Biofuel Feedstocks & characteristics: starch, sugar and lignocellulosic feedstocks
- Sugar platform
- Syngas platform
- Available technologies for liquid biofuel production:
- Bioreactor operation and design for biofuels production
- Important enzymes for biofuels production and fermentation
- Microbial modeling of biofuel production: microbial growth models, kinetic rate expression, temperature effects
- Process optimisation
- Bioethanol and ETBE production:
- ETBE characteristics, energy content
- Bioethanol production from lignocellulose
- Practical case: bioethanol plant
- Biodiesel production:
- Biodiesel production technologies
- Oil source and production: plant oils, animal fats and algal oils, co-products
- Biodiesel production chemistry and thermodynamic aspects
- Practical case: biodiesel plant
- Biofuels and their application in engines:
- Standardisation of liquid biofuels
- Use of liquid biofuels in engines: conversion or adaptation of fossil fuels units.
The Biofuels Process & Technology course is held over one week. The course included theoretical lectures which are complemented by practical tutorials. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.
Who should attend?
The course will be of particular interest to process, project and consultant engineers involved in bioenergy, petrochemical and chemical industries. The course would be also of benefit for researchers who need to understand the background of their research, and managers who want to understand technical issues to aid decision making in the biofuels sector.
*PLEASE NOTE: Course dates provided are provisional. Definitive course dates will be confirmed shortly.