Biogas in the sustainable society
ÖT0008 Biogas in the sustainable society, 7.5 CreditsBiogas i det hållbara samhället
Education cycleFirst cycle
|Lectures and seminars||3.00||1002|
|Project work and exam||4.50||1003|
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)
Prior knowledgeKnowledge 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
ObjectivesThe 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
ContentPreparatory 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 examinationParticipation 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.
- 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.