Energy and Environmental Biotechnology EET2006

Course Objectives

The candidate will get an overview of energy production technologies for gas, renewable energy sources and fuel cells. Heat transfer equipment is studied. The biological processes available for waste and water treatment, and an understanding of how they work are applied. Biological fuel production is studied in depth.

Course Description

a)Heat transfer equipment (5 %): Different types of heat exchangers are described and applications are discussed. Heat transfer by conduction, convection, boiling, condensation and radiation.

b)Energy types (30 %): Hydrogen as an energy carrier, fuel cells, description of different forms of renewable energy, e.g. solar (thermal), solar (photovoltaic), and wind energy.World energy consumption and outlook. Traditional power generation technology. Environmental aspects of energy production and utilization.

c)Biological processes (50 %): Metabolic functions, such as oxic processes and anaerobic digestion, are covered. The design of treatment processes, such as activated sludge, biofilms and membrane bioreactors, is studies and implications discussed. Treatment functions, such as the most used biological nutrient removal processes and biological fuel production, are described and quantified. Biogas production through anaerobic digestion is studied in depth through mathematical modeling and laboratory experiments, presented and evaluated in a report.

d)Processing and distribution/use (15%): This part of the course includes, gas power plants, CO2 handling, problems in connection with storage of gas. Process flow diagrams (PFD) and piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) will be explained.

Part a) and d) are in common with Gas Technology.

Learning Methods

Lectures, exercises and the use of relevant software for PCs.

Assessment Methods

The final test count 70% and the exercises 30%.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Unni Stamland Kaasin <>, last modified Webmaster HiT - 02/01/2007