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Bioenergy Online Class

ACES 409 Bioenergy Systems - Online

The Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign is offering an online class in bioenergy systems (ACES 409 XM) for the Spring 2013 semester. The online class will meet January 15 - May 7 on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:00 p.m. CST.

ACES 409 Bioenergy Systems is an online introductory survey course of a wide range of bioenergy issues. Lectures will be presented by the course instructors as well as several experts from industry and academic research. Presentations will be delivered via an online virtual environment (see www.Elluminate.com) optimized for learning that will allow students to interact with presenters and other participants and ask questions in a “live” synchronous format. Topics span the entire life cycle of biofuels from feedstock production to end-product utilization.

“We’re excited to offer this class in bioenergy online. We’ve been teaching it on campus for many years and have had several requests to offer the information in an online format,” said Dr. Hans Blaschek, Director of IBRL. “Technology is changing so quickly in the bioenergy arena. This class should be beneficial to people throughout the world who are interested in learning more about bioenergy technology and research initiatives at the U of I.”

Besides gaining an understanding of each topic presented and progress made in that area, students will learn how each issue fits into the broader bioenergy context and the challenges that remain. This course was designed for students wanting to know more about the status of current bioenergy systems in the U.S. and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Bioenergy topics for ACES 409 online include:

Agronomy of bioenergy crops

Harvest, storage and transportation issues

Ethanol production via biochemical processing of sugar, starch and lignocellulose

Co-products and downstream processes for product recovery

Thermochemical processes for bioenergy production

Biodiesel and algal biofuels

Biobutanol and biodiesel production

Economics of bioenergy systems

Life cycle analysis and environmental implications

Computer and genomic-based tools

Legal and political issues


For questions about the course content, contact Eric Anderson at eander32@illinois.edu or 217-244-9272.