Biofuels and Bioenergy Resources

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biofuels and Bioenergy Resources

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biological Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This module will consider the physical characterization and chemistry of biomass such as forestry residues, agricultural residues, bioenergy crops and organic municipal waste. The module will identify and explain the concepts of the varying conversion pathways for different biomass to biofuels. The module will describe the feedstocks that can be used for conversion to forms of energy for incorporation into the bioethanol and biodiesel transport fuel sector, electricity sector and the heating sector. It will look at market development issues and challenges to deployment, including supporting policy frameworks and National and EU targets. Impacts of key factors supporting the development of renewable energy projects (e.g., economics/finance, risks, laws and regulations) will also be assessed. A number of case studies (biomass, small hydro, solar thermal & photovoltaics, wind etc.) will be looked at internationally.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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