Biofuel Production Specialist

Hours: 120 / Access Length: 12 Months / Delivery: Open, Mentor Supported
Retail Price: $1,345.00

Course Overview:

In this Biofuel Production Specialist course you will learn the principal fuels derived from recently decayed biological materials, the methods by which they are produced, and their uses in transportation and in electricity production. The course discusses the implications of large-scale biofuel use on the environment and on the economy, with special considerations given to its effects on the price of food.

The Biofuel Production Specialist course covers the use and conversion technologies of biomass as a renewable resource to produce bioenergy in a sustainable way, mainly in the form of liquid and gaseous biofuels. We give you a broad overview of biofuel development from both a technical and an economical angle. The different production technologies for biofuels that exist or are under development are extensively covered in depth, dealing with both first generation as well as second generation technologies.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the nature and history of biofuels
  • Identify core elements of biofuel technologies
  • Identify environmental and policy considerations
  • Compare the different bio-energy sources
  • Comprehend steps in biofuel processing

Course Outline:

Biofuel Production Specialist Module 1
The Nature & History of Biofuels
  • What Are Biofuels?
  • A Brief History
  • Early Conservation Efforts
  • The Nature of Fuel
  • The Energy Content of Biofuels
  • Availability & Cost
  • Big & Small Environmental and Economic Effects
  • The Chemistry of Combustion
  • Theoretical Combustion
  • Combustion: Some Practical Concerns
  • Efficient Engines
  • Sustainability
Biofuel Production Specialist Module 2
Important Biofuel Technologies
  • Ethanol
  • The Mechanics of Ethanol Production
  • Ethanal in Brazil
  • The Net Energy Balance
  • The United States Ethanol Market
  • Biodiesel
  • Properties of Biodiesel
  • The Biodiesel Market: Demand & Supply
  • Biodiesel from Algae
  • Electricity Production & the Electricity Markets
  • Biofuel Fired Power Plants
Biofuel Production Specialist Module 3
Environmental & Policy Considerations
  • Large Scale Use of Biomass
  • Biomass as a Form of Solar Energy
  • Siting Biorefineries
  • Reasons for the Consumption of Biofuels
  • A form of Environmental Protection
  • The Pulp & Paper Industry
  • Gasification Technology
  • Fire Suppression
  • Policy, Research, & Biofuels
  • Overcoming Inertia
  • Switchgrass: a Future Fuel
  • Legislating a Market for Ethanol
  • Science, Commerce, & Biofuel
Biofuel Production Specialist Module 4
Biofuel & Bio-Ethanol
  • Fossil versus Renewable Energy Resources
  • Comparison of Bio-energy Sources
  • Production of Cellulosic Feedstock
  • Erosion Control & Tilling Practice
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Farmer in Value Chain
  • Preprocessing Pentose Sugars & Lignin
  • Bio-Ethanol Development in the USA
  • USA Federal Policy
  • Corn Ethanol Technology
  • Cellulosic Ethanol
  • Bio-Ethanol Development in Brazil
  • Brazilian Policy & Regulatory Instruments
  • Technological Developments
Biofuel Production Specialist Module 5
Biofuel Processing Technologies
  • Biodiesel Production Worldwide
  • Feedstocks for Biodiesel Production
  • Chemical Principles of Biodiesel Production
  • Transesterification in Supercritical Alcohols
  • Bio-based Fischer-Tropsch Diesel Production Technologies
  • Theoretical Background Catalytic FT-Diesel Synthesis Process
  • Biomass Gasification
  • Economics of Biomass
  • Plant Oil Biofuel
  • Perspectives of the Plant Oil Fuel Market
  • Plant Oil Conversion Technology
  • Enzymatic Production of Biodiesel
  • Use of Extracellular & Intracellular Lipase
  • Whole-Cell Biocatalyst
Biofuel Production Specialist Module 6
Waste Lipids, Biogas & Hydrogen
  • Production of Biodiesel from Waste Lipids
  • Alternative Resources for Biodiesel Production
  • Conversion of Waste Frying & Cooking Oils
  • Biomass Digestion to Methane
  • Biogas Production Potential
  • Biogas Production Configurations
  • Biological Hydrogen Production
  • Anaerobic Microorganisms
  • Thermodynamics of Hydrogen Formation
  • Enzymology & Enterobacteria
  • Clostridium & Caldicellulosiruptor
  • Thermoanaerobacter & Thermotoga
  • Corn-Ethanol Industry
  • Greenhouse Gas Emission

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.

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