CHEM ENG 7048 - Biofuels, Biomass and Wastes
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM ENG 7048 Course Biofuels, Biomass and Wastes Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course will establish the fundamental understanding on the characteristics of biomass resources, and the design and operations of the biomass energy systems. Key topics covered include the basics in production, availability and sustainability of biomass resources; characteristics of biomass as a fuel; design aspects on the pre-treatment, thermochemical conversion and biochemical conversion processes of biomass. In particular, the environmental aspects of biomass energy, economics and life-cycle analysis with case studies on biomass energy production will be emphasised.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor 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 Address 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 ResourcesDemirbas, 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.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
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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 Computer Labs 0 0 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 week 12 1. 2. 3. Tutorial discussion 5 Individual week 1 to
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1. 2. 3. Final examination 50 Individual Summative week 12 1. 2. 3. Total 100
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