ENV 162 Biofuels, Biomaterials, and Alternative Energy Technologies (3 credits)

This course will provide a general overview of various current and emerging bio-based and other sustainable technologies for the production of energy, fuels, and materials. ENV 162 will introduce the fundamentals of the biorefinery concept for sustainable manufacturing, along with more detailed investigations of specific bioprocesses and renewable energy technologies. Specifically, the course will highlight several biomaterials (i.e. bio-plastics, -chemicals, -pharmaceuticals), biofuels (i.e. bio-ethanol, -butanol, -methanol, -diesel, -methane, and - hydrogen), and alternative energy technologies (i.e. wind, solar, hydrological, geothermal, and fuel cells). Prerequisite: CHE 171 (formerly CHE 103) or BIO 151.