Biofuels- Cellulose Ethanol

Fuel derived from renewable resources present an attractive alternative to petroleum, with benefits ranging from reduced green house gases to reduced dependency on foreign oil. "Cellulose Ethanol" is a new course that provide students with an overview of the cellulose ethanol production process from biomass feedstock to finished product. The course reviews cellulose based biomass that can be pretreated and converted into biofuel. We also explore crop availability and pricing, fuel potential, case studies, and outlook for both food-grade and non food-grade crops.

Course Outcome

After completing Cellulose Ethanol, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

Cellulose ethanol production process
Available cellulose biomass sources
Chemistry and composition for each biomass source
Fuel potential derived from each source
Impact on the energy and agricultural sectors
Market and research trends
Recommended Prerequisites

No prior experience or coursework required.


Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam.


Lesson 1- Introduction

Global fuel consumption
Alternative fuel options
Fuel chemistry
Biomass feedstocks
Lesson 2- Alternative Fuels

Bio Diesel
Bio Ethanol
Bio Butanol
Fuel comparisons
Lesson 3- Biofuel Processes

Bio Diesel
Bio Ethanol
Bio Butanol
Lesson 4- Starch Based Feedstocks

Sugar cane
Fuel yield
Lesson 5- Agricultural Crop Residues

Corn stover
Wheat straw
Rice straw
Barley husk
Soybean hull
Fuel yield
Lesson 6- Perennial Grasses

Orchard grass
Wood processing residue
Fuel yield
Lesson 7- Outlook

Course Delivery

This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System. See our FAQ for more details.

Education Credit

This course has 20 contact hours and can be used for 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Guide Price: $79

Delivery: Online
Category: Environmental Studies »

Search for environmental studies courses in