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Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ETEC 121 Biomass and Biofuel Basics

5 credits
Students learn the various processes for the creation and use of biomass as a fuel/energy source and the creation and use of biofuels. Topics include combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion, as well as the production of biofuels (ethanol, biodiesel, and methanol). Includes laboratory.

Prerequisites: ETEC 110  or instructor permission.

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify microbiological species responsible for biomass production processes such as fermentation and anaerobic digestion
  • Investigate the chemistry behind reactions such as combustion, pyrolysis, and gasification
  • Outline sources of alternative energies from combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion, and biofuels production (ethanol, biodiesel, & methanol)
  • Analyze the possibility of these sources as potential energy sources for the State of Washington
  • Distinguish the chemical properties of alternate fuels including liquefied petroleum gas (propane), hydrogen, electricity, methanol, natural gas, ethanol, and biodiesel
  • Explore the sources for the above-mentioned alternative fuels
  • Describe the impact these fuels have on the environment
  • Describe the impact these fuels have on engines and other related parts
  • Investigate ROI and maintenance advantages/disadvantages
  • Explore a diesel engine and its components and how it runs on fuel
  • Identify the latest breakthroughs in alternative fuel technology in today’s research
  • Apply collaborative skills in small group environments