Deepen your understanding

how forest based bioeconomy can replace the fossil fuels ?

The aim of this course is to discuss basic aspects and increase understanding dealing with forest biomass based economy and environment related challenges of bioenergy concepts and systems.

What you'll learn

By the end of this course, you'll understand

  • Different energy sources

    Big picture of lifecycles of different energy sources and their net profits

  • Forest biomass based economy

    Cascading principle of wood based economy and where will be our future carbon storage?

  • Energy efficiency

    Energy return on energy invested (EROEI) analysis with examples

Course curriculum


Emeritus Professor

Paavo Pelkonen

Prof. Emer. Pelkonen holds the positions of an Emeritus Professor in Production of wood and peat for energy at the University of Eastern Finland, where he has done a long career of around thirty years. During his university career, Paavo served almost a decade as the Rector of the University of Joensuu as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry. Furthermore he has held many high ranking academic positions in Finland but also in international networks. Since 2006, he has been the Vice-president of IPFE (International Partnership for Forestry Education) and a member of EAALS (European Accreditation Agency for the Life Sciences) Board, since 2010. Paavo has also hold the position of Director of the Executive Board of the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the chairman at the Research Council for Biosciences and Environment and a member of the executive board in the Academy of Finland.Throughout his career his passion has been in finding ways to produce enough sustainable and renewable energy for the society – also very strongly through developing the internalisation and global networks of education and research as well as the career development of the young people.

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