Cellulose Ethanol Online Course & Certificate

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20 contact hours
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2 Continuing Education Units
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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.

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


A basic understanding of chemistry is recommended.


 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
  • Producers
  • Fuel comparisons

Lesson 3- Biofuel Processes

  • Bio Diesel
  • Bio Ethanol
  • Bio Butanol

Lesson 4- Starch Based Feedstocks

  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Sugar cane
  • Others
  • Fuel yield

Lesson 5- Agricultural Crop Residues

  • Corn stover
  • Wheat straw
  • Sorghum
  • Rice straw
  • Barley husk
  • Soybean hull
  • Others
  • Fuel yield

Lesson 6- Perennial Grasses

  • Switchgrass
  • Miscanthus
  • Fescue
  • Orchard grass
  • Wood processing residue
  • Others
  • Fuel yield

Lesson 7- Outlook


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System. 

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