Learn how to design an effective biorefinery to obtain valuable components from various biobased feedstocks (plants, organisms and waste streams). This MOOC is part of the MicroMasters Biobased Sciences for Sustainability.
Content of the course
In a biorefinery a complex biobased feedstock is separated and processed in such a way that sustainability and application opportunities are maximized. In this course we will focus on tools and techniques to efficiently disentangle, separate and convert different biomass based feedstocks into simpler (functional) components.
First we will discuss available techniques and processes for biomass activation/disentanglement and separation.
Next we explore how to design a biorefinery taking into account feedstock and sustainable energy use. Therefore we will dive into:
- mass and energy balances;
- design of biorefinery process units to obtain multiple products from one type of biomass;
- how to recover energy and resources in the biorefinery system;
- evaluation of the designed system with respect to sustainability and economic criteria;
- evaluation of criteria for successful implementation (operational and investment costs).
What you will learn
- How to efficiently convert biobased feedstocks into desired products
- To understand, evaluate and design a process based on either homogeneous, heterogeneous or biocatalysts
- Critically evaluate the pro and cons of a biobased conversion route vs a fossile based conversion route
This MOOC is part of the MicroMasters Biobased Sciences for Sustainability, which is a program that enables you to discover new resources and help your company make the switch from fossil to renewable, biobased resources. Learn more.