CHEM ENG 4048 - Biofuels, Biomass and Wastes
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM ENG 4048 Course Biofuels, Biomass and Wastes Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Fundamental concepts in understanding biofuels/bioenergy systems; renewable feedstocks, their production, availability and attributes for biofuel/bioenergy production; types of biomass derived fuels and energy; thermochemical conversion of biomass to heat, power and fuel; biochemical conversion of biomass to fuel; environmental aspects of biofuel production; economics and life-cycle analysis of biofuel; value adding of biofuel residues; case studies on biofuel production.
Course Coordinator: Dr Philip Kwong
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Describe the nature and principle of different biomass energy extraction systems and know how to choose the suitable biomass fuels for different bio-energy applications; 2 Distinguish the desirable features of these biomass energy sources and their advantages over traditional fuels such as coal and oil; and 3 Identify their limited scope in terms of suitable sites, dependence on the elements, capital costs, and cost effectiveness compared with traditional sources.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.2 3.3
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
Recommended ResourcesJournal Articles
Demirbas, A., 2009, Biofuels securing the planet’s future energy needs, Energy Conversion and Management 50, 2239-2249.
Demirbas, A., 2001, Biomass resource facilities and biomass conversion processing for fuels and chemicals, Energy Conversion and Management 42, 1357-1378.
Sami, M., Annamalai, K., Wooldridge, M., 2001, Co-firing of coal and biomass fuel blends, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science 27,171-214.
Demirbas, A., 2004, Combustion characteristics of different biomass fuels, Progress of Energy and Combustion Science 30, 219–230.
Nussbaumer, T., 2003, Combustion and co-combustion of biomass: Fundamentals, technologies, and primary measures for emission reduction, Energy and fuels 17, 1510- 1512.
de Nevers, N., Air pollution control engineering (2nd edition), McGraw- Hill.
Meier D. and Faix, O., 1999, State of the art of applied fast pyrolysis of lignocellulosic materials- a review, Bioresource Technology, 68, 71-77.
Ni, M., Leung, D.Y.C., Leung, M.K.H. and Sumathy, K., 2006, An overview of hydrogen production from biomass, Fuel Processing Technology 87, 461-472.
Kirubakaran, V., Sivaramakrishnan, R., Nalini, R., Sekar, T., Premalatha, M. and Subramanian, P., 2009, A review on gasification of biomass, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 13, 179-186.
Chynoweth D.P., Owens, J.M., and Legrand, R., 2001, Renewable methane from anaerobic digestion of biomass, Renewable Energy 22, 1-8.
Gunaseelan, V. N., 1997, Anaerobic digestion of biomass for methane production: A review, Biomass and Bioenergy 13, 83-114.
Cheng, H. and Hu, Y., 2010, Municipal solid waste (MSW) as a renewable source of energy: Current and future practices in China, Bioresource Technology 101, 3816-3824.
Pavlas, M., Touš, M., Bébar, L. and Stehlík, P., 2009, Waste to energy- An evaluation of the environmental impact, Applied Thermal Engineering, doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2009.10.019
Demirbas, A., 2009, Political, economic and environmental impacts of biofuels: A review, Applied Energy 86, S108-S117.
Online LearningA range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be delivered as a series of lectures and tutorials. Lectures are designed to deliver new materials and tutorials are designed for discussion of project and current issues to help you to achieve the intended learning outcomes.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours Lectures 20 48 Tutorials 11 18 Project 5 31 Examination 0 8 TOTAL 36 105
Learning Activities SummaryTopic 1: Introduction – Current situation and overview on different energy sources
Topic 2: Overview of biomass energy
Topic 3: Combustion of biomass
Topic 4: Thermochemical conversions of biomass
Topic 5: Energy from waste
Topic 6: Issues and Opportunities with biomass energy
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Term Project 25 Group Formative 12 1. 2. 3. Tutorial discussion 5 Individual week 1 to
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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