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Industrial/PhD Course: Liquefaction of Biomass - Fundamentals and Practice


25.03.2019 kl. 08.30 - 27.03.2019 kl. 16.00



Professor Lasse Aistrup Rosendahl - Aalborg University


Professor Lasse Aistrup Rosendahl - Aalborg University
Associate Professor Saqib Sohail Toor - Aalborg University
Assistant Professor Thomas Helmer Pedersen - Aalborg University
Postdoc Daniele Castello - Aalborg University



The course is designed to teach students about biofuels and biomass liquefaction technologies in the context of energy and chemical products. The course will introduce fundamental principles of liquefaction, focussing on hydrothermal liquefaction and pyrolysis. Based on this, it will move on to process analysis and design, ,process modeling tools and process implementation. Furthermore, the course discusses analytical techniques for product stream analysis and data interpretation with specific reference to liquefaction product streams and their special characteristica. Throughout the course, material taught will be exemplified by or related to experiences and best-practice methods obtained through designing and operating advanced liquefaction equipment. Through a series of lectures, lab session on product analysis and visit to the CBS pilot plant, students will learn how to design, analyze, and scale up various biomass liquefaction technologies for bioenergy production.

  • Energy conversion processes and conversion technologies (hydrothermal liquefaction and pyrolysis).
  • Mass and energy balances, unit operations, and thermodynamics in HTL conversion technology.
  • Introduction and implementation of Aspen Plus® process simulator.
  • Product characterization techniques through laboratory instrumentation.


Chemistry, chemical or process engineering at BSc/MSc level

Form of evaluation

Individual mini report




6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 103, room 4.112, 9220 Aalborg East