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Biomass to Energy: An Overview Short Course

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This course will provide a broad introduction to the area of biomass utilization for energy.

  • Workshop
When Apr 14, 2010
from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Where West Liberty, KY
Contact Name
Contact Phone 859-257-0200
Attendees Educators
Agricultural Producers
Biofuel Marketers, Producers, Sales Reps
Bio-energy Association Affiliates
Small Businesses
Government Regulators
Federal & State Legislative Staffers
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April 14, 2010

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  EDT

West Liberty, KY

Regional Enterprise Center

151 University Dr.

West Liberty, KY 41472


The development of low cost, high capacity processes for the conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals is essential for expanding the use of carbon neutral processes, reducing dependency on fossil fuel resources, and increasing rural income. Biomass can be used either in its raw state as an energy source, for example, by co-combustion with fossil fuels, or can be converted to energy-dense liquids suitable for use as transportation fuels. Although the recent "food versus fuel" debate has raised doubts about the benefits of biofuels derived from food crops, there is a general consensus that biofuels production will continue to expand, based increasingly on non-food crops.

Both current and emerging technologies will be considered, including bioethanol production from corn starch and cellulosic biomass, and the production of biodiesel and so-called "green" or "renewable" diesel. Other topics that will be covered include the development of new feedstocks such as sweet sorghum and algae, and the economics of biomass utilization.

Topics include:

The Biorefinery Concept
Bioethanol Basics
Biodiesel Basics
Biofuels from Lignocellulosic Biomass - Thermochemical Conversion Processes
Algae 101
Pyrolysis Oil Utilization and Upgrading
New Feedstock Opportunities
Economics of Biomass Utilization


Mark Crocker, University of Kentucky - Short Course Chair
Rodney Andrews, University of Kentucky
Czarena Crofcheck, University of Kentucky
Mike Montross, University of Kentucky
Sam Morton, University of Kentucky
Jim Neathery, University of Kentucky
Darrell Taulbee, University of Kentucky


For registration and more information, visit the Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research Web site.

Open to the public. Continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

To earn five engineering professional development hours offered with this course, add $25.00 to the $50.00 fee.

Organized by the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.

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