TKP4180 - Biofuels and Biorefineries


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 4 hours

Course content

4 hours of lecturing per week, divided into 2 double classes. 1 hour of guidance with exercises per week. It is assumed that the students will use approximately 3 hours per week on independent exercise work, and approximately 4 hours on self-studying per week. Renewable biomass resources (forests, annual/biannual plants, other biological raw materials). Structure and properties of plant raw materials, including wood. Chemical composition of the raw material, and relevant chemical reactions. Biofuels manufacture, biorefining. Biocomposites and other materials from renewable resources. Industrial processes based on biological raw materials.

Learning outcome

At the end of the subject, the students should know: -Have good knowledge about available resources for plant-based industrial raw materials. - have extensive knowledge about chemical composition and energy content of plant raw materials. -Have good knowledge about the most relevant chemical reactions happening during industrial conversion of plant-based raw materials to energy carriers, chemicals and materials. -Have extensive knowledge about current industrially produced biofuels and which fossil fuels they replace. - Have good knowledge about the most relevant biofuels which are regarded as alternatives to current biofuels. -Have good knowledge about most relevant manufacturing processes for first and second generation biofuels. -Have good knowledge about structure and properties of biocomposites and other materials from renewable raw materials. -Be able to calculate the energy yield in various processes for biofuel manufacture. -Be able to calculate the carbon yield in various processes for biofuel manufacture. -Be able to perform mass and energy balances in selected processes based on biological raw material. -Be able to perform a qualified evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of various processes for biofuel manufacture. -Be able to perform basic calculations for sizing of bioreactors used for biofuel manufacture.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, individual studies and exercises. One of the exercises will be a compulsory laboratory exercise (approx. 4+8+4 hours over three days) which needs to be passed to give access to the exam. Voluntary theory- and calculation exercises are approximately once per week.

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Chemistry, physics and chemical engineering at Bachelor's degree level

Course materials

Drapcho, C.M., Nhuan, N.P., Walker, T.H. (2020): "Biofuels Engineering Process Technology, 2nd Ed.", McGraw-Hill, ISBN 978-1259585722. In addition will other chapters from other books be used (given at studystart).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKP4125 7.5 AUTUMN 2008
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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