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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Biorefinery - From Biomass to Building Blocks of Biobased Products Certificate in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX. Learn how to design an effective biorefinery to obtain valuable components from various biobased feedstocks such as plants, organisms and waste streams.

About

The Biorefinery - From Biomass to Building Blocks of Biobased Products Certificate from EdX is offered in partnership with Wageningen University and Research - WageningenX.

The use of fossil resources is a controversial topic and there is much scientific research to argue against their use for energy, chemicals, and in the production of almost every product. Because of this, we're seeing a huge shift towards sustainable biobased and renewable resources and away from fossil-based ones. In this new world, it’s critical to know how to efficiently and effectively obtain valuable elements from biomass. 

Join this course and gain the latest academic knowledge on biorefinery which can be applied to their ongoing studies or to advance their careers. 

Just as the petrochemical refinery is a crucial part of the fossil-based industry, so is the biorefinery for the biobased industry. In a biorefinery, a complex biobased feedstock is separated and processed in such a way to maximize sustainability and application opportunities. Upon completing this course, you  will understand the tools and techniques needed to efficiently disentangle, separate and convert different biomass based feedstocks into simpler (functional) components.

First, you'll learn about available techniques and processes for biomass activation, disentanglement and separation. Next, you’ll explore how to design a biorefinery taking into account feedstock and sustainable energy use and dive into:
  • Mass and energy balances
  • Design of biorefinery process units to obtain multiple products from one type of biomass
  • How to recover energy and resources in the biorefinery system
  • Evaluation of the designed system with respect to sustainability and economic criteria
  • Evaluation of criteria for successful implementation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 56 days
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      15 to 20 hours per week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

What you'll learn

After this course you will be able to: 
  • Choose proper (chemical) pre-treatment and conversions to arrive at the required products
  • Conceptually design a biorefinery process
  • Critically evaluate a process design with respect to energy and feedstock efficiency
  • Compare that design with fossil-based processes
  • Know how to activate/disentangle and separate biobased feedstocks

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

BSc in technology, engineering (and applied) sciences. You should have at least BSc level knowledge on courses and topics such as chemistry, mathematics and process engineering.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    149 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 149 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
  • National Applies to you

    149 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 149 USD for the full programme and a duration of 56 days.
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Funding

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