Courses Catalogue

Bio-energy Technologies

COURSE CODE: RET7114
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Bioenergy is seen as an important component in the future sustainable energy system, which itself requires knowledge and understandings for sustainable utilisations of biomass fuels. The course provides in-depth knowledge of fuel characterisation, treatement and conversion technologies, environmental consequences, and resource utilisations related to bioenergy. Moreover, the course gives insight into different bioenergy systems, including bioheat, biopower, biofuel and biogas, and their combinations, with consideration of process integration for heat and material recovery. For biomass conversion technologies, emphasis will be placed on the thermochemcial approaches, which include combustion, gasification and pyrolysis. The biological approaches, bioethanol and biogas productions, are also be treated in the course, but to a lesser extent. System design and process simulation is an important part of the course.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

To present technology and economics issues involved in developing biomass energy as a renewable energy source.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the types of biomass, its surplus availability and characteristics.
  • analyze the technologies available for conversion of biomass to energy in terms of its technical competence and economic implications.
  • Discuss environmental aspects of bioenergy
  • Describe the process of biomass fuels production, treatment and storage
  • Analyse thermochemical conversion of biomass for energy application
  • Analyse biochemical conversion of biomass for energy application
  • Describe the techno-economic analysis for bioenergy systems.

 LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

  • Apply the various biomass energy conversion technologies and its relevance towards solving the present energy crisis.
  • Analysis of bioenergy systems and their potential in future energy supply.
  •  Work with cross-cutting problems related to bioenergy
  •  Plan processes linked to the establishment of bioenergy facilities.