Biomass to Fuel the Bioeconomy

Online Course


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The Canadian bioeconomy is comprised of a variety of feedstocks, processes and usages. This emerging sector is multi-faceted and it can be challenging to acquire the big picture. Experts from the BioMass Canada Cluster, specialized in the advancement of a Canadian bioeconomy, have produced a 9-lecture online course, open for registration.


The course will provide an understanding of:

  • Renewable feedstocks of importance to Canada – their production, and availability;
  • Biomass quality, from biomass and other low-cost agri-residues, woody residues and biowastes, suitable for biofuel and bioproduct production;
  • Supply chain (drying, densification, transport), energy balances and environmental impacts.


Specifically, you will learn about:

  • Biomass pelletization and applications;
  • Biomass standards their necessity for solid biofuel (biomass);
  • ISO International Standard development committee for solid biofuels;
  • International standards for biomass;
  • Standards for biomass storage including off-gassing and self-heating.


About the course:

  • The course is virtual and provides individuals convenience, accessibility and flexibility;
  • You can follow the lectures at your own pace, over a 3-month period;
  • A certificate of completion is issued for participants who follow all 9 lectures;
  • No prior knowledge is required and there are no homework, exams or evaluations;
  • The videos are accompanied by slides, for further information;
  • Registration is $400 plus taxes applicable to the province of residence, payable by credit card or PayPal. Full-time students (with proof) price is $300 plus taxes.


Want to learn more about biofuels? Follow our Advanced Biofuels Course too!

Lecture Topic and lecturer
1 Commoditizing Biomass to Fight Climate Change

Donald Smith

2 Current crop residues and projections on production of dedicated crops to provide feedstock for a thriving Canadian bio-economy

Kevin Vessey

3 Biomass quality attributes and pre-processing operations to maximize conversion efficiencies for the production of biofuels and bioproducts

Charles Xu

4 Thermo-chemical conversion of agri-residues and biowastes: Challenges and Opportunities

Animesh Dutta

5 Various biofuels/bioenergy products from biomass

Ajay Dalai

6 The Logistics of Biomass Supply

Shahabaddine Sokhansanj

7 The existing and emerging national and international standards for biomass quality

Fahimeh Yazdan Panah

8 Life cycle analysis, and environmental impacts of biomass production and utilization systems

Edmund Mupondwa and Xue Li

9 Commercialization strategies for biomass: Lessons learned

George Mahmourides


Register for the Course here (for any issue, please email


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