CCRES 2012 Courses
The Ethanol Production CCRES Courses will examine the different types of engines and their combustion properties,.and the history and use of ethanol as a motor vehicle fuel. CCRES students will learn about the chemistry of starch conversion and fermentation, feedstock collection and preparation. The curriculum will include the conversion of certain feedstock materials into alcohol and how the thermochemical process of distillation of the alcohol transforms it into a high-quality, high octane motor fuel. Safety considerations will also be covered. The economic section will explore market opportunities, the current state of the industry, and small business opportunities for making and processing alcohol for transportation applications.
Biogas and Pyrolysis
The Biogas and Pyrolysis CCRES Courses will provide a history of gasification and pyrolysis, and an overview of photosynthesis, the carbon cycle and biomass energy. CCRES students will study the biochemistry of anerobic digestion, pyrolysis, gasification and the qualities of methane. Safety issues are also included in the curriculum. The varieties of biogas applications will be explored as well as common types of biogas plants. The mechanics of gasification include how a system is designed and built, how gas cleanup is handled and how to select the appropriate feedstock. The economics section will explore market opportunities and issues of scale.
The Biodiesel Production CCRES Courses will examine the different types of engines and their combustion properties. It will explore the fascinating history and pros and cons of using biodiesel. CCRES students will learn about the chemistry of the biodiesel production process, including titration, transesterification and the importance of fuel standard and safety considerations. Also covered will be proper feedstock collection and preparation, and operation of the production system. Market opportunities and economic analyses are included in the curriculum as well as the importance of biodiesel, tax credits and effect of scale.
The Algae Production CCRES Courses will begin with an overview of photosynthesis and the carbon cycle, the taxonomy of algae and the basics of cell biology. Safety in the lab and the process of experimental methodology are also included in the curriculum. CCRES students will learn about algae growth factors such as temperature, light, CO2 and nutrients. The different kinds of photobioreactor designs will be explored, including closed vs. open systems. CCRES students will learn about the importance of cultivation protocols, and when to feed, harvest and how to process the algae. Analytics will be covered as well which includes the use of the microscope and learning about the basic algae handling and testing procedures such as dilution, cell counting and dry weight measurment. The various uses of algae will be examined such as its role in the nutraceutical, food, cosmetic and animal feed industries and as a replacement for petroleum as a transportation fuel.