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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.

  • Bioengineers, Chemical engineers, Energy studies, Agriculturist, Policy makers
CORE/ELECTIVE: Treated as both core as well as elective course

UG/PG: Both UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: Has cleared 10+2 with science

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Green energy industries, Agro-waste processing industries, Renewable energy materials industry, Bio-fuel and fossil fuel companies.


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.


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 


•    Introduction to Bioenergy (Energy and the Environment)  by Vaughn C. Nelson (Author), Kenneth L. Starcher (Author)
•    Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels by  by Anju Dahiya
•    Bioenergy: Principles and Applications by Yebo Li and Samir Kumar Khanal
•    Bioenergy by Judy D. Wall and Caroline S. Harwood
•    Bioenergy: Sustainable Perspectives by Ted Weyland
•    Additional references will be supplied during the course work
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. 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 nptel.ac.in/noc.