Assessment of biomass resources (for energy)

7.5 hp

To combat global warming, bioenergy is one primary step and one of the simplest ones to introduce. Biofuels – solid, liquid or gaseous – can be produced from most any kind of biomass originating from silviculture, from agriculture or from societal circulation of biological material. In a world where productive agricultural land is becoming more and more of a scarce resource, the choice of raw material for fuel production is becoming crucial. Hence, the assessment of the resource base must be given due consideration before a new energy supply system, based on biomass, is introduced.

After the course, the student shall be able to read, digest and analyse with a critical mind the conclusion and understand the implicit assumptions in qualified reports and research papers concerning assessments of biomass resources for energy production.

The course is only offered in English and only as a web based distance learning course and there are no physical meetings in the course.


To study on a distance education will give you different opportunities than on-campus teaching. It means that, to a large extent, you will be able to plan your studies yourself, both in terms of time and place.

However, keep in mind that most distance education includes a number of compulsory digital lectures and digital seminars during the weekdays. Some distance education also include compulsory get-togethers, for which you will have to travel to Växjö or Kalmar.

There are a number of different ways to be a distance student, the common denominator being that a large part of your study work is carried out on the web. You communicate with the teacher and your fellow students using a learning platform with discussion forums, group work, recorded lectures or video meetings using a web cam.

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