Biorefinery Principles


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Account for existing biorefinery concepts and technologies
  • Compare different types of biorefineries with each other and oil refineries
  • Outline possible technological couplings and combinations with other process industry


  • Evaluate biomasses with respect to their applicability in biorefineries and outline which qualities that are associated with applicability
  • Identify and analyze the limitations by existing physical-chemical, thermochemical, and biological methods for biomass conversion
  • Set up mass and energy balances for different biomass conversions
  • Apply one or more of the general calculation models for estimation of costs and energy efficiency in the conversion of different biomasses into different products


  • Devise a suitable biorefinery technique for the conversion of a given biomass into a specific product
  • Evaluate the environmental consequences of biorefinery activities

Type of instruction

  • Lectures and theoretical exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examBiorefinery Principles
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBioraffinaderier
Module codeK-BBT-K1-7
Module typeCourse
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