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.


After the course the student
1. Model chemistry and thermodynamics related to thermochemical conversion and multiphase chemical equilibrium and mass transfer.
2. Prepare market study of different biomass raw material, products, material margin and process alternatives.
3. Utilize engineering tools to generate material and energy balances, sustainability analysis
4. Create engineering design data for equipment sizing
5. Estimate capital investment, operating and production costs
6. Perform profitability analysis.
7. Prepare a business model

Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 12.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pekka Oinas

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pekka Oinas

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

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:

    Design of thermochemical unit operations (Pyrolysis, Gasification, Combustion)
    Process simulations to generate material and energy balances
    Equipment sizing.
    PFD and PI diagrams, lay-out and utilities, emissions and waste of the plant
    Sustainability analysis
    Design of process alternative concepts.
    Capital investments, 0perating and production cost calculations
    Profitability analysis
    Business management and business model

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures including visiting lecturers from industry
    Project work in groups for process design, feasibility study and business case - reporting seminar
    Learning log

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    135 h in total
    Lectures 20 h
    Exercises 20 h
    Project work 78 h
    Other independent studying 17 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E1120 Thermochemical processes: Project assignment guide (Oinas, Sarwar)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-C2150 Process Design

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    17 Partnerships for the Goals