Sustainable Production of Bioenergy


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in Biomass conversion, Biomolecules and Biochemistry I or similar

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

  • Introduction to energy and material use and resources, environmental aspects and biomass as energy
  • Definition, types, accessibility and characteristics of raw materials for biofuels production
  • Microbial conversion of biomass and microbial metabolism related to specific biofuels production
  • Different pretreatment methods in relation to biomass and biofuels production
  • Laboratory scale experiments on microbial production of biofuels
  • Analyses of substrates, intermediate and end products,¬†calculation of yields and productivity of biofuels production

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Have knowledge about current and potential possibilities to replace fossil-based energy by bioenergy through sustainable biotechnological processes
  • Can account for the potential of biomass as a renewable resource for energy production
  • Can explain how different biofuels can be produced by microorganisms
  • Can account for different pretreatment methods in relation to different types of biomass and biofuels


  • Can suggest a suitable pretreatment and microbial process for the production of biofuels from a specific biomass
  • Can design and perform simple laboratory-scale fermentations with pure or mixed microbial cultures
  • Can analyze substrates, intermediates and end products, derive significant information from experimental data and calculate yields and production rates for the production of biofuels


  • Can evaluate the efficiency of the production of a specific biofuel based upon experimental data

Type of instruction

  • Project work

Extent and expected workload

450 hours



Name of examSustainable Production of Bioenergy
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleBæredygtig produktion af bioenergi
Module codeK-BBT-B3-12
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science