University of Vermont

Course:

FROM WASTE TO ENERGY

SPRING 2016
3 College Credits for:
CDAE 195/295 or ENSC  185
see details below

Renewable BioEnergy ProgramĀ 

default-WtE BioEnergy Program Mission

The mission of this program is to provide hands-on instruction in all possible BioEnergy areas, support generation of related skilled workforce and stimulate sustainable energy production :
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BIOENERGY: BIOMASS TO BIOFUELS - Comprehensive Overview & Experiential Learning (Check out details from menu items on the left, including the Topics Covered, Experts, Hands-on/Service Learning Projects, and meet our Former Participants / Students)
FROM WASTE TO ENERGY (note: course starting in spring 2016 - see info below)
* LIQUID BIOFUELS (Transportation fuels: gasoline, biodiesel, jet fuel; ethanol; oil-heat)
* SOLID BIOFUELS (woody biomass; grass energy)
* BIOGAS & BIO-ELETCRICITY AT FARMS & BUSINESSES; * BIOHEAT (heat capture from biomass e.g. compost)
* BIOFUELS RELATED ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, POLITICAL & OTHER TOPICS.

Program Director & Lead Instructor:  Anju Dahiya Krivov Ph.D. For program/course related information contact her.

From WASTE to ENERGY - Community Development Applications       
About This Course      How this course is taught?       Prerequisites     Who should attend this course?   SPRING 2016 Course
CDAE 195/295  ENSC 185
FOOD WASTE, DAIRY FARM MANURE, MUNICIPAL WASTES, LANDFILL WASTE, WASTE COOKING OIL, CARBON EXHAUSTS, NUTRIENTS RUNOFF, NON-FOOD CELLULOSIC or LIGNO-CELLULOSIC MATERIALS, and SEVERAL OTHER forms of 'excess materials', or 'wastes' or 'materials going wasted' or 'unused materials not converted into valued products'  ARE ALL UNTAPPED RESOURCES available for creating various forms of SUSTAINABLE ENERGY (liquid/solid/gaseous biofuel, heat, electricity etc.) and other valued byproducts (dairy farm bedding materials for animals, compost, fertilizer, polymers, bio plastics etc.) for community and economic development. With the combined efforts of USDA, EPA & Dept. of Energy, diversion of organics from landfills is a rapidly emerging regulation. Vermont has already enacted act 148 as the universal recycling law for solid waste. Nutrient management area has its own challenges for example, dairy farm manure, which is a source of nutrients runoff affecting health of natural water bodies from excess nitrogen and phosphorus. Additional regulations would require sustainable solutions. Are we prepared for taking care of the waste we constantly generate responsibly? 

THIS HANDS-ON COURSE
* explores conversion of available untapped resources into energy and valued byproducts - sustainably and responsibly from small scales to community scales, and addresses transforming non-recyclable waste or undesirable materials (such as manure from dairy farms or poultries, nutrients runoff affecting water bodies, organic waste including food waste ending up in landfills, solid and other wastes) into different forms of energy and byproducts via established or under-progress processes.
* uniquely draws heavily on the expertise of waste to energy professionals from public, private organizations, industry and farms active in this sector to provide experiential learning to students with in-depth knowledge of waste to energy technologies (thermal, chemical, biological etc.), processes and waste resource management.
* Participants in this course will gain comprehensive insight of technologies and a broad appreciation of the technical, economic, policy and environmental challenges in the waste to energy sector with added networking opportunities.
* Internships and Service learning supported.


Semesters::Spring
Location: UVM campus and throughout Vermont. 
Register for Academic Credit: (3  College Credits for CDAE 195 L-15507  or  CDAE 295 C-15508 or  ENSC 185 16063 ) 
Meetings/Times:  Fridays 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Travel time for five field trips is extra).
Time/Day Exceptions: None.
Contact Registrar office or the student services at CDAE or the student services at RSENR  for your registration options. For syllabus related questions contact the lead instructor at adahiya@uvm.edu.
Registration Schedule, Tuition and Fees: More info>>

MEANS OF INSTRUCTION
A. ON CAMPUS CLASSES: BY UVM FACULTY MEMBERS and EXPERTS from VT-based waste to energy organizations;
B. HANDS ON FIELD WORK & SITE VISITS to waste-to-energy facilities: site visits are key part in this course that provide students with a unique opportunity to see waste to energy facilities in operation, and to speak directly with facility managers and other operatives.
C. TALKS by guest-speakers/experts drawn from waste to energy sector representing a wide range of organizations to bring in the real world into classroom setting; depending on a site some lectures are delivered on-site for experiential learning.
D. WASTE TO ENERGY PROCESSES & EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATIONS by professionals;
E. ONLINE BLACKBOARD: supplementary classes/information including video clips and discussions;
F. HANDS-ON PROJECTS selected by students. Individual or group projects in collaboration with a  community partner engaged in waste to energy, offers students unique opportunity to develop depth of understanding and ability to provide solutions to real world challenges. 

Readings:  Topic specific materials will be provided via blackboard. Readings recommended by the topic specific instructors. The textbook: Bioenergy - Biomass to Biofuels (Academic Press, Elsevier Science, Editor A. Dahiya)  available  at  UVM Bookstore and also at Amazon ; Barnes & Noble  ; Elsevier,

PREREQUISITES  (we expect students from diverse backgrounds):
› Eligibility to enroll in a College program with basic understanding of wastes generated and potential energy solutions.
› Non-degree students contact lead instructor at adahiya@uvm.edu.
› Space permitting, also open to Ph.D. students, Post Docs and Auditing.

PARTICIPANTS
› course will be particularly beneficial to participants interested in following wide range of sectors: renewable energy; waste resource management; environmental management; fuel & related byproduct manufacturing both in industry and farm settings; waste to energy technology assessment & development; policy and local authority planning; energy consulting; feedstock and fuel supply logistics; entrepreneurs and others.

OTHER RELATED INFO

Exam Policies
Other Acedemic Policies


BioEnergy: Biomass to Biofuels Courses


1. ONLINE: Bioenergy Professional Certificate via Continuing and Distance Education [coming soon] 

FALL 2015 

Semesters::Fall

2. ON CAMPUS::UVM campus and throughout Vermont. See info below: 

Register for Varibale Academic Credit: (2 to 4  College Credits for NR 285 - J- 95467  OR TRC 295 - A - 95426

Meetings: twice a week 09/18/2015 to 12/09/2015 (Fridays evening on-campus, and Saturdays morning field-trips)

Times:  On campus classes on Fridays (4:05 pm - 7:05 pm) , and field trips on Saturdays (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)  

Variable Credits:

1&2 credits: on-campus lectures with access to blackboard materials (No  field trips or hands-on project)

3 credit: on-campus lectures with access to blackboard materials hands on in-lab & field trip sessions (No hands-on project).

4 credit: on-campus lectures w/access to Blackboard materials, hands on in-lab & field trip sessions, hands-on project in partnership with a community partner engaged in related work

5 credit (special permission of lead instructor required): Same as in credit 4 except additional 1 credit hour for the hands-on project.

6 credit (special permission of lead instructor required): Same as in credit 4 except additional 2 credit hours for the hands-on project.

Textbook: Bioenergy - Biomass to Biofuels (Elsevier Science, Editor A. Dahiya)  available at: Amazon ; Barnes & Noble  ; Elsevier, and other readings recommended by the topic specific instructors.

Time/Day Exceptions: Classes start from September 18 onwards. September 17th is optional day for blackboard setup (participants who are unfamiliar with this online tool should contact lead instructor for that). Travel time to & from field trips for some long distance trips extra. Few days/weeks for self study and working with a community partner of choice.

Contact Registrar office or the student services at RSENR or TRC for your options. For syllabus related questions contact the lead instructor.

Registration Schedule, Tuition and Fees: More info>>

Previous Course Listings: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 crosslisted as ENSC 285, NR 285, PSS 296, TRC 295

PARTCIPANTS/STUDENTS
Degree and non-degree seeking students (any background or department), farmers, budding entrepreneurs, teachers (interested in developing curriculum, or projects at school or college levels) and others are welcome

Check out the details from menu items on the left, including the Topics Covered, info about the Experts , the Hands-on/Service Learning Projects, and meet the Former Participants / Students

COURSE FLYER: When available please feel free to download a flyer to post at your location for anyone else who may be interested in this course. Thank you for your interest and participation in promoting alternative energy education! (Note: the course flyer links opens up in a new window)

MEANS OF INSTRUCTION
A. ON CAMPUS CLASSES: BY UVM FACULTY MEMBERS and EXPERTS from VT-based biofuels businesses;
B. HANDS ON FIELD WORK involving tours to Farms/Biofuel facilities & related projects;
C. TALKS by guest-speakers/experts from businesses;
D. BIOFUELS EQUIPMENT DEMONSTRATIONS by professionals;
E. ONLINE BLACKBOARD: supplementary classes/information including video clips and discussions;
F. HANDS-ON PROJECTS selected by students

PREREQUISITES  (we expect students from diverse backgrounds):
› Eligibility to enroll in a College program with basic understanding of renewable resources such as plants, preferably of biofuels related.
› Non-degree students (farmers, retired professionals etc.) contact lead instructor Anju Dahiya at adahiya@uvm.edu.
› Space permitting, also open to Ph.D. students, Post Docs and Auditing.

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