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


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Biotechnology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science