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Renewables: Biomass Distance Learning

Date to be confirmed

This 15 week online 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.

Delivered completely online this course will offer you the flexibility of working at your own pace at the most convenient time of the day.

The course will take one semester (15 weeks) to complete.  

You can choose to take *formal assessment at Loughborough and if successful can accumulate credits towards your personal CPD portfolio.  By obtaining credits you may also be eligible to progress towards a postgraduate award.

Please note that the course will run again in September 2018.  However if you require any further information in the meantime please contact Jenny Evans

*Taking an exam at Loughborough is free of charge.   An additional Loughborough administration fee of £250 is charged for taking exams off campus.  However you will have to pay further costs to arrange and use an approved local exam centre.  For more details please contact Jenny Evans prior to making your booking.

Course details

Course code
ELTO04
Venue
Online
Duration
One Semester, 150 hours of study, approximately 10 hours per week
Course leader
Dr Richard Blanchard
Department
The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing
Places available
10

Requirements

Target audience
This course is for graduates in engineering or other technical disciplines.
Previous experience
If you do not have a degree as specified above please e-mail Jenny Evans prior to registering with details of your academic and work experience. An assessment will be made on your suitability for the course.

Academic

Assessment
Assessment is by coursework (15%) and 3 hour written exam (85%).
Credits
15 credits

Costs

Course fee
tbc
Accommodation costs
Not applicable

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 5 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.The 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.