TKP4180 - Biofuels and Biorefineries


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 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 exercises, 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 balance in selected processes based on biological raw material.

-Be able to perform a qualified evaluation of advantages and disadvantages of various processes for biofuel manifacture.

-Be able to preform basic calculation for sizing of bioreactors used for biofuel manufacture.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, individual studies and exercises. Some of the exercises will be compulsory laboratory exercises (approx. 4+8+4 hours over three days) that need 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

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Basic chemistry, physics and chemical engineering.

Course materials

Drapcho, C.M., Nhuan, N.P., Walker, T.H. (2008): "Biofuels Engineering Process Technology", McGraw-Hill, ISBN 978-0-07-148749-8.
In addition will other chapters from other books be used (given at studystart).

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TKP4125 7.5 01.09.2008
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

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 examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer UTS Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 100/100

Release 2021-05-26

Submission 2021-05-26

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

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. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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