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Biomass to Energy: An Overview Short Course

Organized by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research
April 14, 2010
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (continental breakfast at 8:30am)
Regional Enterprise Center - West Liberty, Kentucky
Cost: $50.00
Open to the public
Five engineering professional development hours are offered with this course
- add $25.00 fee

The development of low cost, high capacity processes for the conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals is essential for expanding the use of carbon neutral processes, reducing dependency on fossil fuel resources, and increasing rural income. Biomass can be used either in its raw state as an energy source, for example, by co-combustion with fossil fuels, or can be converted to energy-dense liquids suitable for use as transportation fuels. Although the recent "food versus fuel" debate has raised doubts about the benefits of biofuels derived from food crops, there is a general consensus that biofuels production will continue to expand, based increasingly on non-food crops.

This course aims to provide a broad introduction to the area of biomass utilization for energy. Both current and emerging technologies will be considered, including bioethanol production from corn starch and cellulosic biomass, and the production of biodiesel and so-called "green" or "renewable" diesel. Other topics that will be covered include the development of new feedstocks such as sweet sorghum and algae, and the economics of biomass utilization.

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