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Gain a comprehensive overview of the techniques and methods utilized to convert the raw fuel produced from renewable sources into chemical forms and structures that are amenable to today’s energy infrastructure. The historical perspective on refinement methods of the petroleum industry is followed by an analysis of technological hurdles currently associated with obtaining fungible fuel from algal sources. Methods to process and refine fuel grade ethanol from traditional food and cellulosic sources is also covered. A description of the processing and refinement of fuels from land-based crops and various fuel types using pyrolysis is provided. The potential role that synthetic biology may play in meeting today’s energy demands is covered.

Note: STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Knowledge in College-level Introductory Biology and Chemistry

Course Number: BIOL-40268
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)