Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering
First year: KTH. Second year: Aalto.
The Bio Energy study track provides state-of-the-art education in thermal conversion of biomass into power and biofuel production. Thermal conversion of biomass is considered one of the main methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and in the replacement of fossil carbon sources. This is due to the fact that biomass is a carbon neutral fuel as the emitted CO2 was previously captured from the atmosphere by the plants being thermally processed. Power generation technology from biomass can be achieved through different processes, for example: combustion, gasification, pyrolysis and combined processes. While biofuel production technology can be achieved through pyrolysis, gasification, fermentation and/or distillation process.
The Bio Energy study track at Aalto University for second year includes two modules: Power Generation from Biomass and Bioenergy in Transport. The Power Generation from Biomass module focuses on sustainable production of power from biomass which includes all aspects related to bio-boilers principles, planning, structure and operation. The Bio energy in Transport module focuses on the use and usability and combustion of bio-derived fuels in transport. On-road, off-road and marine transport is covered. The basics of bio-fuel production principles are covered too. The courses of both modules consist of lectures, literature, simulation exercises, excursions, seminars and group project work.
- Student acquire a state-of-the-art education and training in the fields of sustainable power generation from biomass and biofuel; become familiar with the principles, planning, structure and operation of bio-boilers, combustion and gasification techniques in different types of boilers; obtain constructive knowledge in biofuel production, use, combustion and relevant environmental aspects.
- Student become skilled in calculation, simulation, design and analysis of thermal processes in bio energy power plant through training in multidisciplinary problem analysis and solving with emphasis on critical thinking
- Close collaboration with industry during thesis work and organizing excursion for many courses (especially project work courses) to provide students with enough knowledge about biomass technology both in theory and practice.