Biomass Conversion and Biofuels


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 2nd semester on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering with a thermal specialisation or Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Engineering with specialisation in Process Engineering and Combustion Technology or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Biomass resource quantification
  • Thermo-chemical and bio-chemical conversion pathways
  • Biorefinery concepts


  • Be able to assess suitable conversion routes for specific biomasses
  • Be able to carry out chemical analysis of fuels to assess their properties
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate processes of biomass conversion to fuel or energy
  • Be able to evaluate the sustainability of biofuels from different biomass resources using a life cycle perspective with focus on greenhouse gas emissions
  • Be able to apply process modelling methods to biorefinery concepts


  • Independently be able to assess biomass resources dedicated for bioenergy production and to design systems of biomass conversion, i.e. biorefineries
  • Independently be able to design and analyse production processes for converting biomass resource into biofuel

Type of instruction

The course is taught by a mixture of lectures, lab. exercises and self-studies.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examBiomass Conversion and Biofuels
Type of exam
Written and oral exam
Oral examination based on a delivered mini-project/test report (individual or made in groups with max. 2 persons).
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 titleAvancerede biobrændstoffer
Module codeN-EE-K3-12
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science