Energy Production using Biomass


Know the technologies available for producing energy from biomass.

Understand the parameters that influence the processes studied and their optimization.

Acquire the ability to carry out mass and energy balances of the processes studied as well as to evaluate their economic viability in certain scenarios.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Margarida Boavida Pontes Gonçalves


Weekly - 4

Total - 70

Teaching language



Basic knowledge of chemistry, physics and mathematics.


The bibliography is updated annually on the UC Moodle page.

Teaching method

Theoretical classes with presentations and practical classes with exercise resolution. Study and consultation materials available weekly on the UC Moodle page. Study visits to industrial units. All materials provided are in English. Although until today the language used in teaching has been Portuguese, classes can be taught in English when there are students enrolled who do not speak Portuguese.

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment with 3 assessment elements: 2 mini-tests (30% each) and 1 theoretical-practical grade that corresponds to 40% of the final grade. Final classification: weighted average of the 3 evaluation elements. Approval with a minimum grade of 9.5 (scale of 20 values).

Assessment in the Appeal Exam (Obtaining approval or improving the classification) which comprises a theoretical component and a theoretical-practical component: Appeal exam (100% of the final grade). Approval with a minimum grade of 9.5 (scale of 20 values).

Subject matter

Technologies for energy production from biomass: combustion, carbonization, gasification, anaerobic digestion, electrochemical methods.
Production of solid, liquid, and gaseous biofuels. Production of heat and power in combined cycle.
Optimization of process parameters and equipment used. Massive and energetic balances. Materials and catalysts used in these processes.
Associated emissions and their minimization. Methods of capturing and storing or using CO2.
Analysis of the economic viability of the technologies covered considering the current maturity conditions of the technologies and the respective investment and operating costs.