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ES97B - Bioenergy and Biotechnology

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

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

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: • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of biomass chemistry and a detailed knowledge of 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. • Demonstrate a deep understanding of the modern biorefinery concept, including process such as hydrolysis of biomass, bio-based fuel additives, lignin conversion and levulinic acid and furfural conversion. • Evaluate logistical and ethical considerations in the context of the environment and be able to critically assess the feasibility of biorefineries based on logistical and environmental constraints.

Timetabled teaching activities

28 x 1 hour lectures and 2 x 1 hour examples classes Total 30 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year4/

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples).

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES97B-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assignment 20%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Sustainable Energy Technologies (H1A0) - Year 2
Optional
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 5
  • MEng Engineering (H10C) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10D) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10G) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30G) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30H) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30P) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Exchange Year (H320) - Year 4