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Fundamentals of Biofuels, From Feedstock To The Market

Fundamentals of Biofuels, From Feedstock To The Market Training Course Description

Fundamentals of biofuels, from feedstock to the market training is a cross-discipline course drawing its content across the conventional and advanced biofuels industries as well as its integration into the traditional petroleum industry.  This course covers the science, technology, and management aspects of producing different types of biofuels, including ethanol and biodiesel.

There are two types of biofuels currently existing in the market: Ethanol (corn- and cellulosic-based) and biodiesel (from biomass and used cooking oil).  In the fundamentals of biofuels, from feedstock to the market training course, we give an overview on what each of these biofuels are made of, what processes are involved in their production, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each, and how we can possibly make them more cost-effective and affordable.

In order for the biofuels to be feasible, they have to be economically and environmentally sustainable.  The fundamentals of biofuels, from feedstock to the market training course elaborates the economics, environmental impacts, and policy issues of the biofuels in the United States to help you identify the lacks of the policy making bureaucracy and technical burdens of producing the affordable and sustainable biofuels.

Feedstock choices and technology are evolving rapidly as 1rst generation biodiesel and ethanol producers and marketers explore and move toward 2nd and 3rd generation fuels.  The fundamentals of biofuels, from feedstock to the market training course provides a thorough education highlighting key topics from these rapidly evolving industries. In the fundamentals of biofuels, from feedstock to the market training course, we introduce you to the biological and chemical characteristics of the biomass. We also teach you the principals of the biological, chemical, and physical conversion reactions of feedstock to biofuel.


In the fundamentals of biofuels, from feedstock to the market training is a 2-day course designed for engineers, scientists, managers, investors, and policymakers who are involved in the field of biofuels, or are planning to apply for jobs in this field, or are interested in investing in or developing the field of biofuels.

Training Objectives

Upon completion of the fundamentals of biofuels, from feedstock to the market training course, the attendees will be able to

  • Explain different types of biofuels
  • Understand the general plant science
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of each types of biofuel
  • Describe the feedstocks of various types of biofuels
  • Explain the biology and chemistry of the biomass
  • Understand the economics of feedstocks
  • Explain the process of ethanol production
  • Understand how biofuels other than ethanol can be produced.
  • Describe different types of biodiesel
  • Recognize the processes for converting feedstocks to biofuels by biochemical methods.
  • Evaluate ways for converting feedstocks to biofuels by thermochemical methods.
  • Understand the complete Bioprocess Engineering of biomass-to-biofuels conversion
  • Describe transesterifican and esterification process
  • Describe other processes of biodiesel production
  • Discuss new methods such as using enzymes, resins, and membranes
  • Identify the existing issues with biodiesel and ethanol
  • Discuss environmental impacts of biofuels
  • Discuss the Policy and incentive considerations
  • Review economic and business dimensions of biofuels production from biomass.
  • World perspective for biofuels

Training Outline

Overview Of The Biofuels Industry

  • What is biofuels
  • Energy units
  • Terminology
  • Energy security
  • Different types of biofuels
  • Greenhouse gases and climate change

Types Of Biomass And Available Resources

  • Terrestrial crops
  • Lignocellulos
  • Algae
  • Used Cooking Oil (UCO)


  • Background and history of producing ethanol for fuel
  • Disadvantages of ethanol
  • Cellulosic ethanol
  • Fermentation process
  • Economics


  • Feedstocks
  • Chemistry of biodiesel
  • Pre-treatment process
  • Conventional transesterification/esterification process
  • Enzymatic process
  • Other new methods of conversion
  • Post-treatment or polishing process
  • Catalysts
  • By-products

Glycerin From Biodiesel

  • Chemistry of glycerin
  • Typical crude glycerin characteristics
  • Applications of crude glycerin (tech-grade)
  • Major contaminants in crude glycerin
  • Pre-treatment methods prior refining
  • Refining process
  • Post-treatment process
  • New technologies
  • Refined glycerin (USP grade) characteristics
  • Applications of the refined glycerin

Algae Biofuel

  • History of producing fuel from algae
  • Growing algal feedstock
  • Microbiology and physiology of algae
  • Harvesting and dewatering algal biomass
  • Oil extraction methods from algal cells
  • Conversion reactions of the extracted oil to fuel
  • Algal biomass residue
  • Economics of algae biofuel

Synergy Of Algae Farms And Wastewater Treatment Facilities

  • System overview
  • Water use reduction of algae farm
  • Fertilizer consumption reduction of algae farm
  • Nitrogen and phosphorus removal by algae from wastewater
  • BOD reduction of wastewater by algae

Other Types Of Biofuels

  • Bio-hydrogen
  • Bio-Jet fuel
  • Fuel cell

Economics, Policies And Regulations, And Environmental Impacts Of Biofuel

  • CO2 emission and sequestering
  • Projections of future biofuel market share, including assumptions and uncertainties
  • Global perspective of biofuel policies
  • Supply and demand challenges across the biofuels supply chain: including feedstock yields, product competition, policy uncertainties and user behaviors (trends and influences)
  • Barriers to the implementation of biofuels policy
  • Biofuel policy in the USA – RFS2 and RINs


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