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Biogas in the sustainable society

ÖT0008 Biogas in the sustainable society, 7.5 Credits

Biogas i det hållbara samhället

Syllabus approved




Education cycle

First cycle


Title Credits Code
Lectures and seminars 3.00 1002
Project work and exam 4.50 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to general entry requirements A11, inclusive upper secondary school courses Biologi 2, Fysik 1a/1b + 1b2, Kemi 2 or Biologi B, Fysik A, Kemi B


The course is for you who are interested in green energy, sustainability and resource efficiency, and want to be a part in finding solutions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. The goal of the course is to provide a basic understanding of biogas production and its beneficial effects contributing to sustainable development. After the course, the student should have developed his or her ability to write and orally communicate social benefits of biogas and challenges involved in its production, and thus be able to act as a link between specialists and the general public.

The student should after the course be able to:
- communicate how biogas contributes to mitigate climate change for people who are not familiar with the area
- explain how biogas is used for energy production and how it contributes to a circular economy
- from an environmental and resource perspective assess and compare biogas with other biofuels and with fossil energy types
- give examples of biomass used for biogas production and give an overall account of process technology and microbiology
- have insight into how biogas can contribute to viable rural communities, increase the connection between city and country, and what possibilities exist for using the solid residue from the production as biofertilizer
- understand the possibilities to produce other green products by adjusting the biological process
- discuss the future role of biogas; possibilities to increase feedstock material; as well as alternative uses of biogas
- describe the international importance of biogas and discuss the potential and uses of biogas in developing countries


Preparatory assignments and lectures will give overview of circular economics, biomass, technology, chemistry and microbiology linked to biogas production. The course covers the entire production chain from biomass feedstock to end-of-use of the renewable energy and will provide in-depth knowledge of how biogas contributes to reach environmental goals and sustainability in energy in the agriculture, industrial and transport sectors. The students will meet actors working in a variety of areas linked to biogas, which provides opportunities to discuss potential and real challenges from different perspectives. Students are trained in reading, reviewing and summarizing literature, which is presented orally, written or in videos with opposition. Contact with a person working in a relevant field will be available to give input during the independent work. Study visit to a biogas plant is included.

Compulsory elements include literature seminars, exercises, study visits and oral presentation.

Formats and requirements for examination

Participation in compulsory course components and hand in of written assignments. Approved oral and written presentations of independent project.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Molecular Sciences

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13750 SEK Cycle: First cycle
Subject: Tvärvetenskap
Course code: ÖT0008 Application code: SLU-30277 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Molecular Sciences Pace: 50%