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Kevin T Hodgson
PSE 104
Seattle Campus

Products and Energy from Renewable Resources

Introduction to the structure, composition, and availability of renewable resources. Conversion of these materials into solid products, energy, and useful chemicals. Particular attention to the production of fiber (paper/board), fuels (ethanol/aromatics), and specialty chemicals (biopolymers, medicines, etc.). Comparision of renewable energy sources: biomass, water, geothermal, wind, and solar. Includes weekly laboratory session.

Class description

This course is intended provide a broad introduction to the science and technology of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Renewable Energy. In particular, the generation and properties of biofuels and specialty products from lignocellulosic sources will be emphasized. The renewable energy sources of solar, biomass energy, wind, tidal and geothermal energy will all be covered.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Self-paced learning utilizing textbook readings, PowerPoint slides, and accompanying slide notes. Lecture quizzes will be provided as homework assignments.

Recommended preparation

Students should have some general knowledge of basic science at the upper high-school or college freshman level.

Class assignments and grading

Lecture quizzes as noted above

Grades will be based on scores from lectures quizzes, regular quizzes, and exams. A class participation score will also be given on the basis of student participation in the class discussion board. Grading formula used will be given as on course syllabus.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kevin T Hodgson
Date: 06/15/2010