Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student should be able to understand the basics of thermochemical energy conversion processes.

The student should be able to apply this knowledge to judge the chemical energy carriers and their energy conversion technology.

The student shoul be able to recognize how the chemical energy carriers affect the design and operation of practical equipment.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 08.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Martti Larmi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Saad Akram, Mika Järvinen, Ossi Kaario, Martti Larmi, Tuomas Paloposki, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Contact information for the course (valid 09.12.2020-21.12.2112):

Prof Martti Larmi,

PhD Student Saad Akram,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    Basics of thermochemical energy conversion processes including chemical
    reaction kinetics, combustion and flame, ignition, emission mechanisms, heat and energy
    balances, heat release. Operational considerations of equipment. Application of energy
    conversion to engines, furnaces and boilers, fundamentals of gasification. The role of energy
    carriers in applications. Thermochemical energy conversion of biomass and renewable
    synthetic fuels. Recovery boilers.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Learning exercises

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Six learning exercises each 36 points.

    Each of them contribute to one sixth of the total grading.

    About half of the point should be gained to pass the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 36h, learning exercises 12h, excursions and laboratory exercises 24h, homework for learning exercises 36h, independent studying 24 h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course material announced at the course start.

    Warnatz, J., Maas, U., Dibble, R.W.: Combustion, Springer 2006.

    Kenneth W. Ragland & Kenneth M. Bryden, Combustion Engineering, 2nd ed., CRC Press,
    2011. ISBN 978-1-4665-0001-3

    C. Higman & M. van der Burgt, Gasification, 2nd ed. Elsevier, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7506-8528-3.

    Internal Combustion Engine Handbook by Richard van Basshuysen and Fred Schäfer, SAE 2004

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    EEN-E2002 Combustion Technology

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Bachelor studies in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering or Physics with basic knowledge of chemistry, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy