This course provides the student with a scientific and technical understanding of biomass energy conversions with a focus on biological-chemical conversions (e.g., fermentation, distillation, anaerobic digestion, etc.) of plant and waste compounds into useful energy sources such as biodiesel, ethanol, and methane. The focus of the course includes both small-scale and production-level energy systems designed to convert energy crops and waste streams into useable energy sources and products for chemicals, liquid and gaseous fuels, heat and electricity.
Prerequisite: RENG 210 or RENG 310, and BIOL 120 or BIOL 235
3 credits (2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory), fall semester