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ES97B - Bioenergy and Biotechnology

  • Module code: ES97B
  • Module name: Bioenergy and Biotechnology
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To impart a deep understanding of the principles of modern bioenergy and biotechnologies, including biofuels from a variety of sources, biomass chemistry and treatment, conversion of biomass and ethical and practical considerations. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the potential for sustainable biotechnologies for power production as well as the fundamental principles underlying biomass formation/production and energy conversion.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Appraise biomass chemistry technologies, and the different types of biomass for modern biotechnology applications. Critically evaluate the suitability and feasibility of biofuels for a given application.
  • Critique the physical treatment and handling of biomass using advanced modern methods. Understand complex thermal biomass conversion processes, including gasification, combustion, pyrolysis, and liquefaction.
  • Perform detailed analyses of the complex underlying principles of biochemical biomass conversion, including biogas and biofuel production from various sources. Perform economic analyses and critically assess the impact on the environment of biomass production and use.
  • Critically evaluate the modern biorefinery concept.
  • Evaluate logistical and ethical considerations in the context of the environment and be able to critically assess the feasibility of bio-chemical processes based on logistical and environmental constraints.