Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources

Course Description

Is climate change real? Yes, it is! And technologies to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions are being developed. One type of technology that is imperative in the short run is biofuels; however, biofuels must meet specifications for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, or catastrophic damage could occur. This course will examine the chemistry of technologies of bio-based sources for power generation and transportation fuels. We'll consider various biomasses that can be utilized for fuel generation, understand the processes necessary for biomass processing, explore biorefining, and analyze how biofuels can be used in current fuel infrastructure.

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Caroline Clifford

Dr. Caroline Burgess Clifford has been a senior research associate and lecturer at the EMS Energy Institute and in the John and Willie Leone Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State. She is currently a senior lecturer and research associate in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Her expertise, both technical and managerial, is in the area of coal and biomass conversion into liquid fuels and value-added products. Dr. Clifford has done research for the last 20 years focused on direct lignin-to-liquids and coal-to-liquids to make jet fuel.