Energy from Biomass Combustion

What will I learn?
This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of energy from biomass combustion. The focus will mainly be on biomass for electricity and heat. This course looks at fuel supply options and the emissions implications. The use of biomass for energy production has several associated technical, environmental and socioeconomic challenges. Some of these, particularly the technical challenges, will be addressed in this course.

How will I benefit?
The course will give you a sound understanding of the fundamentals and practicalities of:

  • the basics of solid biomass combustion
  • dedicated biomass installations
  • solid biomass for electricity generation
  • biogas and landfill gas for process heat and power generation
  • sustainability and safety for biomass
  • storage of biomass and regulations for biomass plant.

The 2017 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2016 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link. 

Day 1: Basics of solid biomass combustion

  • Solid biomass resources
  • Sustainable biomass – understanding and meeting the UK, EU and global requirements on sustainability
  • Life cycle analysis and sustainability
  • Fuel properties of wood, straw, grasses, residues and other biomass fuels
  • Fundamentals of burning solid biofuels: wood, straw, grasses and other solid bio resources
  • Combustion stoichiometry of solid biofuels
  • Emissions standards and regulations for biomass heat and power.

Day 2: Storage and safety

  • Fuel production and storage of biomass
  • Pulverised biomass explosion hazards
  • Supply chain economics and risk management
  • Types of solid biomass furnaces and boilers: stoker, pellet, pulverised and batch burning
  • Biomass heating systems – best practice design

Day 3: Solid biomass for electricity generation

  • The problem of metals in biofuels – combustion and ash influences
  • Corrosion, slagging and fouling – special issues relating to biomass firing
  • Practical experience of biomass firing and co-firing in large coal-fired utility boilers
  • Torrefaction of biomass
  • Gasification – a view from industry
  • Biogas and landfill gas resources, current utilisation and future potentials
  • The highs and lows of renewable energy.


This course will be of particular interest to you if you’re:

  • a process engineer or chemist new to the bioenergy field
  • a regional developer wanting to obtain a technical perspective on bioenergy
  • an energy and environmental manager interested in using bioenergy
  • a process heat system designer interested in biomass as a heat source.

This course has been developed in conjunction with SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub. The SUPERGEN team at Leeds is based within the Energy Research Institute (ERI), which is the largest academic research establishment in the UK focused on energy and resources research and development.

The Energy Institute has approved Leeds University – Faculty of Engineering – as an Approved Training Provider.

£850 (full 3 day course)

£350 for any one day

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches and light refreshments
  • course dinner on Monday evening

Faculty of Engineering
University of Leeds

You’re responsible for organising your own evening meals and accommodation, except on Monday when the course dinner is included. A list of hotels close to the University is available and will be provided with your course joining instructions.

+ 44 (0)113 343 8104

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Faculty of Engineering,
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