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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.

Welcome to the course!

The course will mainly be on-line via Zoom, and starts on Tuesday January 19 at 13:15 with general information about the course.

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TN0352 Bioenergy - Technology and Systems, 10.0 Credits

Bioenergi - Teknik och system

Syllabus approved

2019-11-27

Subjects

Technology Technology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Modules

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.

Language

English

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

Objectives

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

Content

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

Grade

3

4

5

Aim 1-2

The student can define and describe properties of various biofuels produced from different sources, identify and describe major processes within the biofuel supply chain, and describe production systems for biofuels

The student can evaluate the effects of product quality on its final utilisation, and analyse and evaluate technology and systems for production of biofuels

The student can compare and critically reflect on different processes within the biofuel supply chain and the final product quality

Aim 3

The student can compare environmental impacts of bioenergy production chains, identify and explain methodological choices that affect the results of environmental system analyses, and describe how environmental system analyses are applied in policy

The student can evaluate and reflect upon methodological choices that affect the results of environmental system analyses and describe the consequences of how environmental systems analysis is being applied in bioenergy policy

The student can evaluate and critically reflect upon methodological choices that affect the results of environmental system analyses, and evaluate the consequences of how environmental system analysis is being applied in bioenergy policy

Aim 4

The student can explain the general operation of common combustion engine types. The student can explain the main relations between fuel properties and technical functions in vehicle powertrains, and identify and differentiate between various combustion engine concepts

The student can in detail explain the operation of common combustion engine types as well as relations between fuel properties and technical functions in vehicle powertrains, and evaluate various combustion engines concepts

The student can evaluate the consequences of changed fuel properties on the relations between fuel properties and technical functions in vehicle powertrains, and critically compare combustion engines concepts

Aim 5

The student can identify important parameters and perform calculations for dimensioning of a bioenergy process

The student can judge the feasibility of obtained results for the operation of a bioenergy process

The student can critically reflect on the impact of technology choices for the performance of a bioenergy system

Aim 6-7

The student can summarise relevant literature, evaluate, motivate assumptions made and compare results presented in a written report with adequate language and formality. The student can present the obtained results to others, justify major conclusions and be able to respond to relevant questions

1) Course literature will be available on CANVAS. No literature has to be purchased for the 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: Master’s level
Subject: Technology Technology
Course code: TN0352 Application code: SLU-30233 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Energy and Technology Pace: 35%