ENG-618 / 2 credits

Teacher(s): Maréchal François, Viana Ensinas Adriano

Language: English

Remark: Next time: November 27th to December 1st, 2023


Every year


The learning outcomes are to get to know the biomass ressources and its characteristics; study of biomass conversion pathways and study of process flow-sheets; establish the flow diagram of an industrial process with biomass as feedstock and calculate the corresponding mass and energy balances; etc


  • Biomass classification and characterization aspects.
  • Availability and potential of bioenergy in local and global scale.
  • Biomass conversion pathways - current technology available and R&D status.
  • Biological pathways - Thermochemical pathways.
  • Main unit operations related with biomass conversion and biofuels production.
  • Design of industrial processes with biomass as feedstock.
  • Process integration applied to biomass conversion processes.
  • Thermo - economic analysis of biomass conversion processes.
  • Environmental impacts and life cycle analysis of biomass conversion processes.
  • Principle of biorefineries.
  • Application to one process case study.


Biomass, biofuel, energy conversion, process design

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, unit operation, process design, process integration

Assessment methods

Project report evaluation


Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Exam form: Project report (session free)
  • Subject examined: Biomass conversion
  • Lecture: 20 Hour(s)
  • Practical work: 16 Hour(s)
  • Type: optional

Reference week

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