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Biomass Oil Analysis

COURSE NO: P08-001
Biomass Oil Analysis
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes biomass oils and distillate fuel use opportunities, production, composition, supply and biorefinery methods.  This course also discusses business advantages of using alternate fuels such as biomass fuels to improve the bottom line.


Biorefinery technology can improve the income of firms that produce energy products combined with biobased coproducts. They do this by producing a variety of high value products in addition to the typically low value fuels.  The biomass feedstocks evaluated in this report are lipids from animal fats, fish and poultry oils, plant oils, and recycled cooking greases.  Higher rates of return attract investors and lead to expanded capacity. Profits generated by the biobased fuels may encourage more investment, more facilities, and eventually a larger biofuel supply. Thus, biomass biorefineries need biobased coproducts to succeed in the fuels industry.


This 8 PDH online course is applicable to engineering professionals, design and construction personnel, technical staff and facility personnel who are interested in gaining a better understanding of biomass oil analysis.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Biomass oil and distillate fuels
  • Distallate applications, standards and grades
  • Fuel economy
  • Biomass oil composition
  • Heating oil blends with biodiesel
  • Converting biomass oils to hyrocarbon fuels
  • Biomass oil supply and production
  • Current biomass oil supply
  • Near and long term expansion potential
  • Ultimate supply potential
  • Production of biomass oils and fuels
  • Biorefinery opportunities
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the material contained in Biomass Oil Analysis:  Research Needs and Recommendations, NREL Publication No. NREL/TP-510-34796, June 2004.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Biomass Oil Analysis (997 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to earn 8 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this NREL publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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