Biofuels & Biomass Energy EngrCollege of Engineering
This course explores the methods and process of energy conversion using biomass materials as an energy source. A review of traditional energy technologies is presented with a review of related general chemistry and organic chemistry concepts for foundational understanding. Important concepts of photosynthesis are presented. Critical energy conversion processes related to biomass energy sources are discussed including organic substances such as woody type materials, vegetable oils from oil laden plants, agricultural and animal wastes, municipal solid wastes, pyrolysis, and ethanol production from fermented sugars, biodiesel, and the production of synthetic fuels using the Fisher-Tropsch process. Examples of energy conversion processes will be demonstrated in a laboratory setting.