Sustainable Production of Bioenergy


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 assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

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
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science