This course provides an overview of bioenergy technologies that can be used to replace current fossil-fuel-based heating systems while contributing to the production of renewable electricity and transportation fuels. Solid, liquid, and gaseous biofuels are introduced, though the course focuses on wood and grass biomass and anaerobic digestion of organic wastes. A variety of feedstock resources, processing, and characterization methods are covered along with various systems used for energy conversion by combustion/oxidation. Policy, permitting, transportation, economics, nutrient recovery, carbon cycling, and life cycle analysis are compared and contrasted. Case studies focus on systems installed in Vermont.
2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of lab per week
[Course fee $15]