The course focuses on the opportunities and potential for biomass to contribute to the production of renewable heat and electricity. Read more Read less

together with the potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The aim of the course is to provide attendants with an advanced knowledge of the sources of biomass and the range of technologies available for conversion into bioenergy, particularly focused on thermochemical conversion.

At a glance

Course structure

This course is delivered through a balanced combination of lectures and practical sessions. It includes a field trip to a relevant industrial site. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

What you will learn

On completion of this short course attendants should be able to:

  • Evaluate and select the most appropriate biomass and waste materials for energy conversion application,
  • Critically review the principles and technologies for biomass conversion into bioenergy and compare to fossil fuel technologies,
  • Recognize and appraise the key parameters to analyse biomass and thermochemical processes,
  • Review the principle issues of energy supply technologies based on biomass.

Core content

Biomass Resources and Energy Crops:

  • Definition of chemical and physical properties and characteristics of biomass as a fuel,
  • Comparison to conventional fuels (coal, oil, natural gas),
  • Resource characterisation and assessment,
  • Energy crops for bioenergy production.

Principles of thermochemical conversion processes:    

  • Pyrolysis,
  • Gasification,
  • Combustion.

Combustion Technology:

  • Description of main combustion technology,
  • Design of combustion,
  • Co-firing,
  • Energy conversion systems and CHP.

Gasification Technology:

  • Description of main gasification technology,
  • Design of gasification,
  • Definition of synthesis gas (producer gas),
  • Co-gasification and IGCC.

Pyrolysis Technology:

  • Description of main pyrolysis technology,
  • Slow pyrolysis for char production,
  • Fast pyrolysis for bio-oil production,
  • Bio-oil upgrading.

Fundamentals of hydrogen production and fuel cells.

Upgrade to a professional qualification

Ten points can be accrued towards your MSc.

Who should attend

The course is of interest to process, project and consultant engineers new to biomass conversion into heat and power, and interested in enhancing their knowledge on current and future technologies. The course is also of benefit for researchers, and managers who want to understand technical issues to aid decision making in the bioenergy sector.


This course is module from the following two full-time MSc courses Energy from Waste and Biofuels Process Engineering.



10% discount applies if booked eight weeks in advance. 10% discount for third and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Discounts can be combined.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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