Denmark, Aarhus

Biogas from agricultural resources

when 1 August 2011 - 19 August 2011
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 ECTS

With a course in Biogas from Agricultural Resources you can help solve one of the largest global challenges of the 21st century: The population is increasing more and more, and this means food production must be increased. The extra demand for food and bioenergy has an impact on nature and the environment. There is a need for solutions that ensure sustainable development and coexistence between agriculture, nature and the environment. The solution to all these challenges requires the development of new and sustainable technology. Course offered by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AU.

Course leader

Anders M. Nielsen, Aarhus University

Target group

Bachelor degree in the natural sciences, agronomy or equivalent. Applicants without a bachelor degree will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants without the formal qualifications, but some years of experience, can attend the course without an exam.

Course aim

- be able to evaluate the effect of different pre-treatment methods and the usability of different types of biomasses for biogas production.

- be able to build a conceptual model of the processes taking place in a biogas reactor, and decide on which processes and conditions to implement in a mechanistic model of a biogas reactor.

- identify and evaluate the effect of certain changes imposed on a biogas reactor; for example changes in temperature, organic loading rate, and hydraulic retention time.

- know the most often used reactor designs and configurations, and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different reactor set-ups and/or configurations.

- explain the mode of action of various inhibitors, and evaluate and compare prospective technologies for reducing the effect of inhibitory compounds.

- know the key parameters suitable for monitoring the stability of biogas processes and the methods of measuring them and using them for process control.

Fee info

EUR 0: See website for information on fees.