ESE4010 Bioenergy TechnologiesBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ESE4010 Bioenergy Technologies Spring 3 0 3 6
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi İREM FIRTINA ERTİŞ
Course Objectives: Bioenergy is relied upon worldwide as a modern solution for local energy supply and waste management. Within different sectors, from architecture and engineering to agriculture, a variety of professionals are growing more interested in the application of new technology for generating heat and power from biomass. Large amounts of additional know-how are asked for, in particular about the state of the art of the technology and the actual market situation, and this requires services in planning and design, economics and consultancy. This lecture will complement the services described above, and should support the decision-making process in offering up-to-date information on the latest technical developments based on best-practice experience. Finally, the methods for bioenergy technologies will be investigated in detail and an application will be realized by using multiple decision making methods (MCDM).

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1) Learn types of biomass
2) Explain how we obtain energy from biomass.
3) Describe the technologies currently used to produce energy from biomass, and the fundamental principles governing the design of these processes
4) Compare biomass to energy technologies via Multi-criteria Decision Making Methods (MCDM)
5) Realize production of biofuels
6) Production of biohydrogen, and future of hydrogen based systems

Course Content

Photosynthesis, planting, harvesting, types of biomass, anaerobic digestion, liquid fuels, fermentation, gasification, pyrolysis, biodiesel other bioconversions, biomass combustion for heat and power, hydrogen from biomass.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction to biomass
2) Types of Biomass
3) Technologies for Biomass to Energy: Thermal and Biological Conversion
4) Incineration
5) Pyrolysis
6) Gasification
7) Anaerobic Digestion
8) Midterm Exam
9) Types of Bioenergy Sources:Solid Bioenergy Products
10) Liquid Bioenergy Products: Biodiesel and Bioethanol
11) Gaseous Bioenergy Products: Biohydrogen
12) Solid Waste Management
13) Project Presentation-MCDM tools
14) Project Presentation-MCDM tools


Course Notes / Textbooks: Planning and Installing Bioenergy Systems: A Guide for Installers, Architects and Engineers (2005) German Solar Energy Society (DGS), Ecofys ISBN: 1-84407-132-4

References: "Caye M. Drapcho, Nghiem Phu Nhuan, Terry H. Walker , Biofuels Engineering Process Technology (2008) , Mc Graw-Hill , ISBN-10: 0071487492
ISBN-13: 978-0071487498"

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Laboratory 14 % 0
Presentation 1 % 10
Midterms 1 % 30
Final 1 % 50
Paper Submission 1 % 10
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 16 6 96
Presentations / Seminar 1 2 2
Project 1 4 4
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 148

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.