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Bioressource Management

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PD Dr.-Ing. habil. Ina Körner

Course Format:

2 Hours Lecture


Winter Semester



Recommended Previous Knowledge:

Basic skills in natural sciences and engineering


In the context of limited fossil resources, climate change mitigation and increasing population growth, Bioresources has a special role. They have to feed the population and in the same time they are important for material production such as pulp and paper or construction materials. Moreover they become more and more important in chemical industry and in energy provision as fossil substitution. Although Bioresources are renewable, they are also considered as limited resources.   The availability of land on our planet is the main limitation factor. The sustainable and reliable supply of non-food biomass feedstock is a critical for successful and long term perspective on production of bioenergy and other bio-based products. As the consequence, the increasing competition and shortages continue to happen at the traditional sectors.  On the other side, huge unused but potentials residue on waste and wastewater sector exist.  Nowadays, a lot of activities to develop better processes, to create new bio-based products in order to become more efficient, the inclusion of secondary and tertiary bio-resources in the valorisation chain are going on.

The lecture deals with the current state-of-the-art of bioresource management. It shows deficits and potentials for improvement especially in the sector of utilization of organic residues for material and energy generation:

Lectures on:

  • Bioresource generation and utilization including lost potentials today
  • Basic biological, mechanical, physico-chemical and logistic processes
  • The conflict of material vs. energy generation from wood / waste wood
  • The basics of pulp & paper production including waste paper recycling
  • The Pros and Cons from biogas and compost production

Special lectures by invited guests from research and practice:

  • Pathways of waste organics on the example of Hamburg`s City Cleaning Company
  • Disposal and utilization options of landscaping materials on the example of grass
  • Increase of process efficiency of anaerobic digestions
  • Decision support tools on the example of an municipality in Indonesia

Optional: Technical visits

Learning Outcomes:

Obtaining an overview of actual bioresource management options including processes and products; learning to evaluate options.

Deepend Knowledge on wood and waste wood utilization, pulp and paper production including waste paper recycling, biogas and compost generation and application.

Reading Resources:

Power-Point presentations in STUD-IP

Performance Record:

written exam


150 hours total

Further Information:


Credit points of this module can be found in the course plan for the corresponding course of study.

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