Short course calendar


20 November 2017 - 24 November 2017

This course will introduce students to a broad range of biomass energy technologies and the fundamental concepts of anaerobic digestion. Course content includes sources of biomass, wood energy resources, waste, anaerobic digestion, combustion and liquid fuels.

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  • Estimate the biomass resource in specific situations and have an understanding of the conversion processes and equipment needed for optimum conversion of the biomass.


  • Appreciate that in order to extract energy from different biological resources, appropriate technologies are available according to feedstock characteristics and fuel e.g. gas, liquid, char.  This range of different biomass to energy technologies are covered in the module.


  • Gain a good understanding of the practical aspects of anaerobic digesters, including outline designs, life and cost benefit analysis, techniques for recovering energy from wastewater, food waste and agricultural wastes and an introduction into combustion.


  • Obtain experience in interpreting and analysing data to prepare engineering designs, operation and control.


This module is a component of the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology.  

Please note that if you wish to register for assessment in this module you must complete your booking in early October.  However if you do not wish to take assessment in this module then booking of at least 3 weeks prior module start date is required.

Course details

Course code
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Two weeks
Course leader
Dr Richard Blanchard
CREST - Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology
Places available
Subject to availability - please contact


Target audience
Graduate engineers and technical managers.
Previous experience
Graduates or those with relevant industry experience


3 hour written examination (85%) plus coursework (15%).


Course fee
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Accommodation costs
Not included
Accommodation information
A variety of on and off campus accommodation to suit different budgets is available from imago, our conference and events service. Go to


Cancellations: in the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.  Cancellations must be received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course.  We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date. 

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. 



RegardThe University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course.  In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full.  It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.