ENV 162 Biofuels, Biomaterials, and Alternative Energy Technologies (4 credits)
This course will provide a general overview of various current and emerging bio-based and other sustainable technologies for the production of energy, fuels, and materials. This course will also introduce the fundamentals of the biorefinery concept for sustainable manufacturing, along with more detailed investigations of specific bioprocesses. Specifically, the course will highlight several biomaterials (e.g. bio-plastics, bio-chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc.), biofuels (e.g. bio-ethanol, -butanol, -methanol, and -diesel; methane; and hydrogen), and alternative energy technologies (e.g. wind, solar, hydrological and geothermal). Three class hours and three laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: ENV 101.