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CE50217: Resource conservation: waste minimisation, recovery and valorisation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (2 hours) (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
* Characterize, classify and quantify mass and energy fluxes in industrial, urban and environmental processes to recognise process inefficiencies and opportunities for resource recovery and valorisation.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* Develop and evaluate strategies to minimise municipal waste and waste in process industries (including reactors, separation and utility systems) to prevent environmental pollution and for resource conservation/ waste minimisation
* Quantify and assess the material and energy resource efficiency of urban process fluxes and industrial processes and their impact in terms of their emissions (energy, waste, pollution)
* Identify potential for resources recovery and valorisation in process streams
* Define processes and process boundaries from microscale (single individual / single industrial) to macroscale (global), including the emissions these processes are causing.


* The ability to integrate prior knowledge and to apply this to a range of scenarios, to critically analyse, evaluate, interpret and report on information from a range of sources and to solve complex / novel problems systematically and creatively (F,A)
* The ability to effectively communicate efficiency opportunities to key stakeholders (F,A)
* The ability to select and design technology, processes and systems based on sound evaluation of criteria (T,F,A)
* The ability to work with, and critically analyse, information that may be uncertain or incomplete and to quantify the effect of this on problem solving, design and decision (T,F,A)
* The ability to quantify the material and energy resource efficiency of processes and their impact in terms of emissions and to the environment (T,F,A)
* The ability to characterise waste material according ot leval definitions and legislative frameworks


* Legal definition of waste, waste legislatie framework and case law approach to the interpretation of legislation
* Definition and fate analysis of waste
* Advanced mass and energy balances
* Waste and environmental pollution minimisation concepts and strategies
* Identification and calculation of municipal waste and waste in reactors, separation and utility systems
* Introduction to waste separation and valorisation technologies
* Identifying process limiting factors and design methodologies to minimise waste
* Opportunities and challenges with industrial eco-cities.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE50217 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering


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