BIOMASS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY - 2017/8

Module code: ENGM215

Module provider

Chemical and Process Engineering

Module Leader

SADHUKHAN J Dr (CES)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

H831

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 27

Laboratory Hours: 6

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination UNSEEN WRITTEN EXAM 70
Coursework COURSEWORK 30

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

The module explores different technologies for processing biomass as renewable energy resource contributing to security in energy supply and reducing the environmental impact of the energy systems.  

Module aims

Provide the students an in-depth understanding of the processes and technologies for production of energy, chemical, and material products based on biomass processing.??1A

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Identify, analyse, and select the processes and technologies for producing the main types of biofuels, namely bioethanol and biodiesel. KCT
Identify, analyse, and select the processes and equipment for pyrolysis, gasification, and the synthesis of liquid fuels. KCT
Identify the key opportunities for biomass-based manufacturing of chemicals and materials. K
Explain and analyse the concept of biorefinery and the possible integrations with conventional refineries. KC
Apply the principles and skills for conducting energy, economic, and environmental evaluation of biomass processing technologies CP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Biomass types, products and processing types

Evaluation of biorefinery processes

Thermochemical processing

Methanol and Fischer-Tropsch liquid synthesis

Bio-based chemicals

Bio-based polymers

Bioprocessing fundamentals

Algae processing and biodiesel production

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Present up to date technologies for biomass processing combined with problem solving sessions giving opportunity for group work and discussion. The topic will be addressed on process level by calculating the key parameters for specific biomass conversion technologies and in a wider context by identifying a network associated with a biorefinery enabling maximal utilisation of regional biomass potential.

The learning and teaching methods include:

3 hours combined lectures/problem solving sessions per week x 11 weeks 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Learning outcomes 1-5 on the unseen written examination
Learning outcomes 1, 5 on Coursework


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Unseen written examination, 70%, approx. 2 hours in a Lecture
Coursework, 30%, approx. 1 hour in a Lecture


Formative assessment and feedback

The students will receive written feedback on their coursework

Reading list

Reading list for BIOMASS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm215

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemical Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Information and Process Systems Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Process and Environmental Systems Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Renewable Energy Systems Engineering MSc 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Process Systems Engineering MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.