Bioeconomy course at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw is responding to modern market requirements, demanding professionals for a new field of bioeconomy. Bioeconomy reflects a new, sustainable approach to science and technology. This course provides students with the newly emerging concept of bioeconomy, which is highly valued in the scientific, industrial and political circles. Potential of bioeconomy lies in the large scale replacement of fossil fuels and synthetic materials with renewable, biological resources. This issue affects a large number of sectors and applications, from energy production, chemicals manufacturing and agriculture to construction and waste management. Technological innovation play significant role in the implementation of the bioeconomy. This course examines relevant technological trends, and puts it in the context of economic, social and political context.
1. Environmental, social and technological global problems.
2. Bioeconomy - introduction (definition; areas; Circular Bioeconomy; sustainable development; legal acts: Task 42 IEA, Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking; organisations related with bioeconomy: BBI, etc.).
3. Value chains (from lignocellulosic feedstock to advanced biofuels, bio-based and biomaterials; the next generation forest-based chains; the next generation agro-based chains; emergence of new value chains from (organic) waste,
the integrated energy, pulp and chemical biorefineries).
4. Renewable Energy Sources.
5. Biomass – types of biomass, biomass resources, ways of biomass processing
6. Biofuels (conventional & advanced).
7. Biorefineries (definition, comparison of biorefinery to conventional refinery, platforms, biorefineries division by substrates, products, unit processes, platforms).
8. Biorefinery unit processes: physic-mechanical, chemical, thermochemical, biochemical.
9. Biorefinery products: bioplastics, feed, food, energy (biofuels, power, heat), biomaterials, chemicals.
10. Biorefinery platforms: biogas, sugar, etc.
11. Biorefinery technologies (demo, pilot, commercial plants, examples).
12. Biorefinery technologies (demo, pilot, commercial plants, examples).
13. Production ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass as an example of biorefinery.
14. Life Cycle Assessment as a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair
and maintenance, and disposal or recycling.
15. Bioeconomy – problems, future challenges (develop industry legitimacy
and a level-playing field for sustainable biomass use; multi-sectorial stakeholder involvement in the deployment of sustainable value chains; technology development and biorefinery scale-up; develop the necessary human capital by training students and other stakeholders to become
the biorefinery experts of today and tomorrow).