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Bioenergy - Technology and Systems

The course aim at providing knowledge concerning various bioenergy assortments: wood fuel from forest, fuel from farmland, waste and transport fuel such as biogas and different oils. The course covers the whole biofuel chain from the source to the end-user, covering primary production, characterisation of raw material, harvest techniques, logistic systems and upgrading. The course also provides further knowledge on electricity and heat production as well as transport fuel from biomass.

In addition to lectures, the course includes laboratory work and exercises in solving practical problems related to the theoretical part of the course. A number of excursions to relevant locations are also intended.

Additional course evaluations for TN0352

Academic year 2020/2021

Bioenergy - Technology and Systems (TN0352-30233) 2021-01-18 - 2021-06-06

TN0352 Bioenergy - Technology and Systems, 10.0 Credits

Bioenergi - Teknik och system

Syllabus approved



Technology Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle


Title Credits Code
Written exam 6.00 1002
Assignment and study trips 4.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

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

- 120 credits, of which 70 credits in Technology/Technique, including 5 credits thermochemical conversion
- 5 credits in Biology
- Knowledge equivalent to English 5 from Swedish Upper Secondary School


The course aims at providing in-depth knowledge and understanding of technologies and systems for supply, handling and utilisation of biofuels.

After completed course, the student should be able to:
- Describe and evaluate properties of solid, liquid and gaseous biofuels from various sources: forest biomass, agricultural biomass and waste
- Describe how biofuels are produced, handled, upgraded and utilised for production of electricity, heat and transport fuel
- Evaluate and critically compare environmental and resource aspects for the entire production chain, from source to end user, in a system perspective
- Explain relations between fuel characteristics and technical function of combustion engines and other energy conversion technologies
- Perform calculations for important parameters and dimensioning of a bioenergy process
write a technical report in English on the subject and motivate the assumptions and choices made
- Critically review and oppose a technical report in English


The course content is divided into three parts; solid biofuels, liquid biofuels and biogas, which cover the supply chain from source to end user including primary production, harvest techniques, logistics systems, characteristics of raw materials, upgrading and marketing aspects. Lectures are given regarding the different steps in the supply chain, production and different assortments of biofuel, fuel quality and use of biofuels as well as environmental impact of bioenergy systems. Calculation tasks are performed regarding production, characterisation and use of biofuels as well as dimensioning of a bioenergy plant based on amount and characteristics of biomass, important operational parameters and outputs. Study visit to plant producing or using biofuels are included in the course. Through project assignments, the student is trained in retrieving information, planning and dimensioning a bioenergy system based on calculations, writing a report, reflect critically on other reports as subject integrated communication training, and presenting the findings orally at seminars. Ethical aspects of client relations in the bioenergy sector are addressed.

Compulsory parts include assignment introduction, study visits, reports and seminars, according to guidelines in the schedule.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written individual examination. Approved written assignment reports and oral presentations as well as participation in study visits and assignment introduction.
  • 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.

Additional information

The prerequisite of 5 credits in thermochemical conversion can be fulfilled by the course TN0319 Thermochemical conversion. The prerequisite of 5 credits in Biology can be fulfilled by the course BI1323 Energy systems from a biogeoscience perspective.

The course TN0285 Energy and Life Cycle Assessment, 5 credits, or equivalent knowledge, is recommended.

Responsible department

Department of Energy and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: TN0284
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Master Programme in Energy Systems Engineering Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 25369 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Technology Technology
Course code: TN0352 Application code: SLU-30187 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 35%