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Lignocellulosic materials provide a raw material source for biofuel conversion and offer several advantages over fossil fuels- usage of a renewable resource, reduced greenhouse emissions, a decreased dependence on foreign oil, and stimulation of the agricultural sector. However, a primary technological challenge in converting lignocellulosic biomass into fuel is overcoming the recalcitrance of its matrix to enzymatic hydrolysis. To overcome these problems for chemical processing, naturally occurring cellulose biomass must be pretreated before it can be further processed using enzymatic hydrolysis or bioconversion.

The purpose of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of biomass energy crops, conventional and emerging pretreatment technologies, their effectiveness, models for prediction, scale-up opportunities, economics, and outlook for the future.

Course Outcome

After completing Biomass Treatment Technologies students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • lignocellulosic biomass
  • energy potential
  • pretreatment technologies
  • conversion cost and scale up
  • outlook for the future

Module 1: Lignocellulose

  • Cellulose
  • Hemicellulose
  • Lignin

Module 2: Energy crops

  • Agricultural residues
  • Perennial grasses
  • Wood residues
  • Algae

Module 3: Pretreatment technologies

  • Mechanical technologies
  • Chemical technologies
  • Gaseous technologies
  • Biological technologies

Module 4: Heating mechanisms

  • Conduction heating
  • Convection heating
  • Microwave heating

Module 5: Measuring pretreatment effectiveness

  • Sugar yield
  • Fuel yield
  • Degradation and byproduct yield

Module 6: Models for prediction

  • Combined severity factor (CSF)
  • Reactor kinetics
  • Other

Module 7: Scale up

  • Batch processes
  • Continuous processes
  • Simultaneous Saccharification (SSF) processes

Module 8: Economics

Module 9: Outlook

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Biomass Treatment Technologies Online course
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