Bioressources and Biorefineries


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • provide an overview of accessibility and sustainability related to different biomass sources and their conversion processes
  • account for existing biorefinery concepts, classification systems and technologies
  • compare different types of biorefineries with each other and with oil refineries and relate the refineries in a green transition context and with respect to the UN SDG goals


  • evaluate biomasses with respect to their applicability in biorefineries and outline which yields and 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 suitable biorefinery techniques for the conversion biomass into specific products
  • evaluate environmental consequences of biorefinery activities
  • evaluate biorefinery concepts in relation to green transition and to the UN SDG goals

Type of instruction

  • Lectures
  • Theoretical exercises

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examBioressources and Biorefineries
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
In connection with reexaminations, the examination form will be written or oral.
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBioressourcer og bioraffinaderier
Module codeK-BT-K2-22
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 Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science