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Biomass Characterization

Central University of Kerala and UGC via Swayam


Intended learners: Post graduates who are studying programs such as environmental science, biology(botany, zoology), biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, forestry, chemistry and physics as well. And also for entrepreneurs and researchers who are interested in biomass energy production.
Aim of this course: This course impart the skill and knowledge for converting various biomass feedstock into different energy forms.
Scope of this course: There is an immense prospect in the biomass feedstocks to address the growing energy demands. However biomass recalcitrant that is not easy to break into simple sugars and varied physio-chemical attributes of biomass that is biomass growing at different regions, seasons and field conditions showing varied physio-chemical properties impede the biomass energy conversion process largely. Overall, this course provides overall information on concepts, tools and techniques for converting the different biomass into various energy forms for starting the biomass based energy production start-up.
Prerequisites: Science graduates and other indented learners having basic knowledge and curiosity in science.
Objectives of this course:Learners will understand the following:1. Biomass resources2. Type of biomass and its recalcitrant3. Biomass sample preparation, methods of pre-treatments and characterization4. Analyzing the biochemical and ultimate properties of biomass5. Methods of biomass energy conversion process



Week 1
Biomass as a Resource; Advantages of biomass energy among alternative sources; Opportunities and Challenges
Week 2Forms of biomass – Solid ;Forms of biomass –Liquid; Forms of biomass – Gas
Week 3Biomass Properties; Biomass Recalcitrant; Lignin
Week 4Lignin content in various biomass; Non-ligno Cellulosic Biomass(Algae) and microalgae cultivation;Macro algae(seaweed) cultivation
Week 5Algal Biomass Processing ; Algal industrial polymers; Characterization of Biomass (Tools)-1
Week 6Characterization of Biomass (Techniques)-2;Biomass Sample Preparation; Proximate Analysis of prepared biomass
Week 7Ultimate Analysis of Prepared Biomass; Thermochemical Properties of Prepared Biomass; Surface area and particle size distribution analysis (Rheological Properties)
Week 8Extrative Methods of Processing; Pre-treatment Method of Processing; Thermochemical Properties of Digested/ pre-treated biomass
Week 9Biomass hydrolization; Biomass- Combustion; Biomass -Gasification
Week 10Pyrolysis and Liquefaction ; Fermentation-1; Fermentation-2
Week 11Bio-hydrogen; Bio-methane generation; Electricity production
Week 12By-product utilization; Biomass storage simulation; Biomass-Experimental validation
Week 13Process optimization
Week 14Future directions on biomass energy
Week 15Overall interactions with coordinator

Taught by

Dr. Arun Kumar K

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This course is very useful for future generation energy production using biomass as a primary resource.
    This course will help students to get clarity with the biomass especially waste to wealth in future.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was informative and interesting. It was easy to understand due to the short sections. The test at each module was good to check the knowledge we got.

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