Master Course Outline
ALTE 111
Biomass Feedstock Management

Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 40

Lecture Hours:20    Lab Hours:20

Learn about growing, harvesting, storage, processing and utilization of biomass such as: manure, forest slash, food waste, agriculture residues, wood processing residues, and dedicated energy crops (e.g. oilseeds, grasses, hybrid poplar, yellow pine, willow, algae) into electricity, heat, transportation fuels, recovered nutrients/soil amendments, reclaimed water, animal feed, bio-chemicals, and other byproducts. Review technologies available to convert biomass for fuels, electricity, heat, byproducts, reclaimed water, and carbon sequestration in PNW. Includes study of biomass focused economics, rural sociology, and the latest news/findings from research.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge concerning the challenges and advantages of types of farming practices used for annual, perennial and woody feedstocks. a.How is agriculture similar, yet different, from agroforestry? b.Sense of scale. c.How do communities view value (all types) feedstocks?
  • Identify crops as they are driven by/standing in them -- and understand how they are different, which part of the plants can be used, what can they be used for, advantages/disadvantages of each, the processing needs before use, and overview of conversion processes that are best fit
  • Demonstrate knowledge on the water demands of each crop, when are the demands highest, how water can be applied – understanding each feedstock’s different rotations result in different management needs, land use commitments, yearly yield/value, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), and nutrient/chemical needs and resulting pollution potential
  • Discern the challenges of producing, managing, and transporting various bioenergy crops/feedstocks. Apply knowledge pertaining to the handling of the crop/feedstock prior to processing, including considerations of locating fields near transportation centers and biorefineries

  • Course Topics
  • Understand cultural and economic considerations of dryland vs. irrigated farming and agroforestry
  • Identify various biofuel/bioenergy crops, plants, grasses, and trees
  • Discuss uses of biofuel/bioenergy feedstocks
  • Discuss water use requirements for various biofuel/bioenergy feedstocks
  • Discuss rotation dynamics for various biofuel/bioenergy feedstocks
  • Discuss economic/sustainability considerations regarding location & distance of biofuel/bioenergy feedstocks from production site to customer

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    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.