By Prof. Mainak Das   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 2274
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

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.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 20 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 29 Sep 2019 IST
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate

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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 

Books and references

•    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

Instructor bio

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 certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centers.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 29th September 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. (use as per duration of the course)
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • 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.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched.

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