Study Guide@lith

Linköping Institute of Technology

Valid for year : 2017
TKMJ31 Biofuels for Transportation, 6 ECTS credits.
/Biofuels for Transportation/

For:   DPU   EM   I   Ii   KeBi   M   MEC   SUS   TB  


The course is not available for exchange students


Prel. scheduled hours: 68
Rec. self-study hours: 92

  Area of Education: Technology

Main field of studies: Mechanical Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): A

Through a course on Biofuels for Transportation, students will learn the advantages, disadvantages and incentives for the use and production of biofuels. The course will review the raw materials, production processes, application in vehicles, environmental impacts and the debates about the sustainability for biofuels.
Upon completion of the course, students will have expanded their knowledge in the ares of and should become;
  • Aware of how 1st and 2nd Generation biofuels are produced
  • Able to evaluate environmental impacts from material and energy flows in the life-cycle of biofuels
  • Aware of technologies and upgrades required for the use of biofuels in vehicles and infrastructure
  • Acquainted with the different opinions and debates about the sustainability of biofuels
  • Able to reflect upon how cooperation between different actors regarding material and energy resources can be integrated sustainably
  • Acquainted with business dimensions related to biofuel production

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Large Technical Systems and Environment, Environmental Technology or equivalent.

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshhold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Supplementary courses:
Industrial Ecology, Management Systems and Sustainability, Resource Efficient Products and Enviromental Systems Analysis - Project Course.

The course will consist of the following components:
  • Biofuel Lectures
  • Industry Guest Lectures
  • Biofuel Industry Study Visits
  • Practical Exercises
  • Home Examination

Course contents:
The course will consist of many aspects concerning biofuel production, development and employment. Through lectures, seminars, study visits and practical assignments students will learn more about:
  • Feedstocks for Biofuel Production
  • Production Processes for Biofuels
  • Vehicles and Infrastructural Requirements for Biofuels
  • Environmental and Social Aspects Related to Biofuel Production and Employment
  • Drivers and Conditions for Biofuel Development and Markets
  • By-Products and Industrial Symbiosis in Biofuel Production

Course literature:
Literature for the course will consist of an online pdf textbook which students may download.
Material will also be provided in the form of handouts for all practical excercises, seminars and other activities.

At-home examination
Approved project assignments and approved seminars

Course language is English.
Department offering the course: IEI.
Director of Studies: Carina Sundberg
Examiner: Mats Eklund, Roozbeh Feiz
Link to the course homepage at the department

Course Syllabus in Swedish

Linköping Institute of Technology


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Last updated: 02/07/2017