Introduction to Biofuels
An introduction to solid, liquid and gaseous fuels derived from all sources. This course will cover the history of fuel use, placing petroleum into its proper context of being just one of the many alternatives being exploited by humans to fulfill current demands. Topics include the history of fuel and petroleum, peak oil, economics of petroleum and biofuels, engine design and fuel requirements, agriculture and fuels, wastes, conventional ethanol production, cellulosic ethanol, algae, other alcohols (biobutanol, etc.), biodiesel, biogas (anaerobic digestion), gasification, pyrolysis, fuel quality, environmental impacts, energy independence and national security.