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Gasification and Pyrolysis of Coal, Biomass and Wastes - Basic Principles and Applications

COURSE NO: H06-001
COURSE PROVIDER: William Hauserman, P.E.
Gasification and Pyrolysis of Coal, Biomass and Wastes - Basic Principles and Applications
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will present and define, by illustrations and discussion, the basic principles of pyrolysis and gasification chemistry and their application to functional commercial processes, with case histories to illustrate the design problems to be expected.


Pyrolysis is any process where a carbonaceous solid is thermally decomposed to liquid, vapor or gaseous, and residual solid products.  It is the chemical first step in any process of gasification, where oxygen is introduced for partial combustion of some feed to provide process heat for reaction of pyrolysis products with steam, for production of a wide variety of fuels, “syngas” (CO + H2) for fuel ,or any subsequent reactions to produce synthetic liquid fuels or a variety of other products. Equipment design is dominated by properties of feed, intermediate and product solid materials.


This 6 PDH online course is intended for chemical and mechanical engineers who are interested in design or analysis of processes involving the conversion of coal, biomass or waste materials to fuels or other useful products by pyrolysis or gasification.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding technical descriptions of all chemical, process and key equipment design for the gasification of coal, biomass or refuse and most pyrolysis processes
  • Evaluating the developer’s claims and laboratory or operating data for proposed and commercial processes involving gasification or pyrolysis
  • Performing basic, conceptual engineering calculations for most such processes
  • Understanding the physical properties of solid feeds and products that present most of the critical design problems in gasification or pyrolysis equipment
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Gasification and Pyrolysis of Coal, Biomass and Wastes – Basic Principles and Applications,” by William B. Hauserman, P.E.
To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Gasification and Pyrolysis of Coal, Biomass and Wastes - Basic Principles and Applications (4.1 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty-five (35) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document
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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