Courses » Bioenergy


About the course
This course aims to provide an overview of the basic process, by which solar energy is collected and converted to biomass, which is essentially, what we call ‘bioenergy’. During the discourse, emphasis will be given on different strategies to convert biomass to biofuels, the review of the available technologies and how these could meet the growing demand for energy in the future.

Intended Audience
Bioengineers, Chemical engineers, Energy studies, Agriculturist, Policy makers

Has cleared 10+2 with science

Industries that will recognize this course
Green energy industries, Agro-waste processing industries, Renewable energy materials industry, Bio-fuel and fossil fuel companies.

Course instructor

Prof. Mainak Das is an agriculture graduate (1989-1994) from College of Agriculture Indore, India. He did his master’s in animal physiology (1994-1997) from National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India. Later, he did his doctoral studies (2004-2008) in biomedical sciences from University of Central Florida, USA. Since April 2010, he is a tenured faculty in bioengineering and design at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. His area of research is green energy, bio-electricity, physiology and sensors.

Course layout

Week 1:
Introduction to bioenergy 
Week 2:
Basics of biomass technology & biomass resources 
Week 3: Biofuels I 
Week 4:
Biofuels II
Week 5: Biofuels III 
Week 6:
Bio-power I
Week 7:
Bio-power II 
Week 8:
Bioenergy distribution & end use for a sustainable future 

Suggested Reading

1. Introduction to Bioenergy (Energy and the Environment)  by Vaughn C. Nelson (Author), Kenneth L. Starcher (Author)
2. Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels by  by Anju Dahiya
3. Bioenergy: Principles and Applications by Yebo Li and Samir Kumar Khanal
4. Bioenergy by Judy D. Wall and Caroline S. Harwood
5. Bioenergy: Sustainable Perspectives by Ted Weyland 
6. Additional references will be supplied during the course work

More details about the course

Course url: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc17_bt03
Course duration : 08 weeks
Start date and end date of course: 20 February 2017 - 14 April  2017
Date of exam:  23 April, 2017
Time of exam: Shift 1: 9am-12noon; Shift 2: 2pm-5pm
Any one shift can be chosen to write the exam for a course

Final List of exam cities will be available in exam registration form.
Registration url - Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
Exam Fee: The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee of approximately Rs 1000 needs to be paid.


E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score.

Final score = 25% assignment score + 75% exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of scores of Best 6 out of 8 assignments 

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at