Residual Resources Engineering and Industrial Ecology

Residual Resources Engineering aims to sustainably manage, reuse, and minimize the impact of residual resources (such as waste) generated by human activity. Society is facing an immense demand for resources and at the same time is generating increasing amounts of residues. In order to use this residual resource and avoid the impacts of the contaminants in the residues, a holistic technological approach according to Industrial Ecology principles is needed. This requires characterization of the residues, understanding of mass and substance flows, design of conversion technologies and resource recovery and recycling systems, as well as assessment of life cycle (direct and indirect) environmental impacts. Skills in mass balances, process engineering, material flow analysis and life cycle assessment are integrated into a social, legal and economic framework for optimizing waste management and utilization strategies.

An MSc in Environmental Engineering with specialist skills in residual resources eng. can:

  • Characterize residual resources, including their resource value and contaminant content
  • Design and implement technologies for residual resources collection, treatment, recycling, utilization and disposal
  • Evaluate the impact of residual resources management in terms of emissions to air, soil and water resources
  • Conduct material flow analysis and life cycle assessments of residual resource management systems
  • Work with industry to identify and implement appropriate technologies for the sustainable management of residual resources
  • Explain the processes, stoichiometry, kinetics, biochemistry and microbiology for transformation of residual resources
  • Develop models for process monitoring, control and optimisation
  • Apply engineering concepts to sustainably manage residual resources in its relevant social, economic, legal and political context

Two options are available for this study track, depending on where you begin your degree:

Start at DTU, thesis at NTNU

Semester 1

Semester 2

Summer School

Semester 3

Semester 4

DTU

DTU

 

NTNU

NTNU

12104 Modelling of Environmental Processes and Technologies 
(compulsory)
(10 ECTS)

12237 Chemicals in the Environment 
(compulsory)
(10 ECTS)

 

TEP5100 - Industrial Ecology, Project
(compulsory)
(15 ECTS)

TEP4930 - Industrial Ecology, Master's Thesis
(compulsory)
 (30 ECTS)

12130 Solid Waste Technology and Management (compulsory)
(10 ECTS)

 

Suggested elective courses:

12136 Bioenergy Technologies 
(10 ECTS)

12135 Waste management at Roskilde Festival
(5 ECTS)

12144 Material Flow Analysis
(5 ECTS)

 

Elective courses - choose between :

TEP4223 - Life Cycle Assessment 
(7.5 ECTS)

or

TEP4285 - Material Flow Analysis *
(7.5 ECTS)

Suggested elective courses:
12139 Resource Engineering
(5 ECTS)

12132 LCA-Modeling of Waste Management Systems
(5 ECTS)

 

 

Elective courses - choose between :

TEP4300 - Climate Change Mitigation
(7.5 ECTS)

or

TEP4305 - Industrial Ecology, Seminar – Critical Review and Communication of Science
(7.5 ECTS) 

* Students that have taken 12144  Material Flow Analysis at DTU cannot take this course.

Start at NTNU, thesis at DTU

Semester 1

Semester 2

Summer School

Semester 3

Semester 4

NTNU

NTNU

 

DTU

DTU

TEP4285 - Material Flow Analysis 
(compulsory)
(7.5 ECTS)

TEP4223 Life cycle assessment
(compulsory)
 (7.5 ECTS)

TEP4300 - Climate Change Mitigation
(compulsory)
(7.5 ECTS)

TEP4310 - Solid Waste Technology and Resource Recovery
(compulsory)
(7.5 ECTS)

 

TEP4220 - Understanding and Quantifying Environmental Impacts on Ecosystems
(compulsory)
(7.5 ECTS)

TEP4222 - Input-Output Analysis, Trade and Environment
(compulsory)
(7.5 ECTS)

Choose 2 of the 3 courses below:

SØK1101 - Environmental and Resource Economics
(7.5 ECTS)

TEP4290 - Modeling of Built Environment Systems 
(7.5 ECTS)

POL1003 - The politics of the Environment, Energy and Resource Management
(7.5 ECTS)



 

12104 Modelling of Environmental Processes and Technologies 
(compulsory)
(10 ECTS)

Suggested elective courses:

12139 Resource Engineering 
(5 ECTS)

12226 Air Pollution and Environmental Effects
(5 ECTS)

 



 

Thesis
(compulsory)
(30 ECTS)

12132 LCA-Modeling of Waste Management Systems 
(5 ECTS)

Choose 2 of the 3 courses below:

TEP4290 - Modeling of Built Environment Systems

(7.5 ECTS)

 

 

POL1003 - The politics of the Environment, Energy and Resource Management

(7.5 ECTS) 


SØK1101 - Environmental and Resource Economics

(7.5 ECTS) 

http://www.enviro5tech.org/Master-Programme/Study-Tracks/Residual-Resources
24 JUNI 2017