Description: Anaerobic digestion (AD) – the microbial degradation of biomass without oxygen – is recognized as sustainable waste treatment process for both producing renewable energy in the form of biogas and recycling nutrients as a fertilizer product. Optimization of the AD process includes increasing the specific methane yield, adaptation to new biomass resources and new treatment concepts to increase the benefits over feedstock costs.
The aim of the course is to give insight into the fundamental laws and the technology of anaerobic digestion as a process for waste treatment and renewable energy production. It will give an overview of the microbiology of the process and its application for large-scale processes.
The course will deal with the following topics: The AD pathway and the involved microbial groups; inhibition and adaptation mechanisms; monitoring and control of the AD process; reactor design for anaerobic treatment of waste, wastewater and energy crops; low and high-tech process design, sustainability of AD; synergy of AD and agriculture; AD in the biorefinery context.
The course is scheduled back-to-back to the Ph.D. course “Biorefinery processes” (June 16-20, 2014), also given at the Section for Sustainable Biotechnology.

Organizer: Associate Professor Hinrich Uellendahl, email:

Lecturers: Peter Westermann, Ioannis V. Skiadas, Hariklia Gavala, Hinrich Uellendahl, National and international experts from industry and academia


Time: 10-13 June, 2014

Place: Section for Sustainable Biotechnology, Aalborg University Copenhagen, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15

Zip code: 2450 

City: Copenhagen SV

Number of seats:

Deadline: 20 May, 2014