Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3372 - Energy Generation from Biomass (2011)

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MODULE TITLEEnergy Generation from Biomass CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3372 MODULE CONVENERMr. Martyn Haywood (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module

An advanced course covering aspects of biomass energy systems including: resource estimation and growth cycles, power conversion, deployment, fuel supply chains and contracts, emissions control, economics and environmental impact.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Basic plant physiology of biofuel crops. Carbon sequestration/carbon balance with soils and plants. Biofuels crops and applications I: Cereal crops & Oil seed crops. Biofuels crops and applications II: Short rotation coppicing of willow. Biofuel crops and applications III: Miscanthus. Energy & water saving and carbon efficiency. Biodiesel production process: Life cycle analysis and carbon balance. Bioethanol production process. Biomass project development procedure. Basic plant layout and infrastructure requirements. Permitting - IPPC, Planning permission. Applicable legislation. National Grid / heat main connections. Fuel selection & fuel handling: Poultry litter, Woodchip / Horsebedding, Bone residue, Refuse derived fuel. Combustion technology: Boiler systems & steam turbines, Pyrolysis & Gasification, Gas engines, Gas turbines. Ash handling. Co-products. Emissions metering and control. Negotiation of disposal contracts. Power purchase agreements. Field Class: Example 1: United Downs Landfill: Landfill gas drilling & completion, gas production sequencing and control, gas engine performance, emissions monitoring and control. Field Class: Example 2: Holsworthy Biomass Plant: Anaerobic digestion process, feed stocks, by-products, economics, odour control, emissions monitoring. Field Class: Example 3: Ginsters food products. Energy from waste plant – permitting, construction, feedstocks – handling, classification etc.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
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CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM2251, CSM2274
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 21 July 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined