82464 - Bioenergy And Biorefinery

Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Docente: Andrea Monti
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: AGR/02
  • Language: Italian
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Agricultural Sciences and Technologies (cod. 9235)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge gain on challenges, constrains and benefits from developing bioenergy and biorefinery agro-systems at national and international levels. Examples of projects and applications of bioenergy and biorefineries with particular focus on biomass crops and environmental impacts.

Course contents

Frontal lessons (36 h): Introduction, definitions and perspectives of bioenergy and biorefinery, including advanced biofuels, with particular emphasis on agro-energy and food systems integration. Main dedicated crops for biofuels, biogas, CHP and for emerging biorerifery industries. Introduction to Life Cycle Thinking and Assessment – LCA, to assess the environmental impacts of agro-energy systems and biorefineries in the perspective of a development of bioenergies in 2030 and 2050 (Farm-to Fork, Repower EU, Green Deal and other EU programmes). Opportunities for bioenergy from marginal and abandoned land, including contaminated land (and phytoremediation). 

Knowledge gain: Innovation, challenges and opportunities from developing bioenergy and biorefinery value chains. Biomass and oil crops. Life Cycle Assessment for the evaluation of environmental assessment tools.

Practical activities (24 h): interactive discussions and visits to bioenergy and biorefinery plants, and to the experimental farm of UNIBO to see real stands of common biomass crops. 


Lecture notes and slides provided by the teacher

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons, team learning, field visits, workshops and seminars

Assessment methods

oral exam (2/3 open questions). About 20 min duration. 

Teaching tools


Office hours

See the website of Andrea Monti


Affordable and clean energy Responsible consumption and production Climate Action Life on land

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.