AL2140 Cleaner Production 7.5 credits

Cleaner Production

Cleaner Production is the continuous application of an integrated preventive environmental strategy to processes, products, and services to increase overall efficiency, and reduce risks to humans and the environment.

The overall aim of the course is to provide theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of strategies and technologies for a cleaner industrial production.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Environmental Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim of the course is to provide theoretical and applied knowledge and understanding of strategies and technologies for a cleaner industrial production.

This means that after the course the student should be able to:

  • Propose and motivate strategies and actions for different industrial environmental problems, based on a system analysis perspective.
  • Describe and explain how to use different unit operations as process integrated cleaning stages (as kidney or recovery function) in an industrial production process in order to minimize pollutions to air or water or production of waste.
  • State and describe other process internal solutions to minimize air pollution emissions, emissions through waste water discharges and waste production.
  • Describe and explain the function of different process external methods that can be used in order to minimize pollutions to air or water.
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages for different environmental technical solutions.
  • Propose and motivate the choice of different environmental technical solutions in order to solve or minimize pollutions to air or water from industrial production processes or to minimize the waste production.

Course main content

Strategies for a better environment: Cleaner production strategies (process changes, raw materials changes etc.), process external solutions, product changes and other. Advantages and disadvantages using different  strategies.

Air pollution control and gas cleaning technology. Process internal solutions and external solutions in order to minimize air pollutions (both gaseous compounds and particles). Two main applications will be discussed – emissions of VOC connected to handling of organic solvents and emissions of flue gases from energy production. Advantages and disadvantages with different methods.

Municipal and industrial waste water treatment. Process internal solutions and external solutions in order to minimize water pollutions. A number of common applications will be discussed. Advantages and disadvantages with different methods.

Industrial waste treatment. Strategies and methods to minimize waste production.

Eligibility

Minst 120 högskolepoäng i akademiska studier inom ett tekniskt eller naturvetenskapligt program eller kurs MJ1502 eller motsvarande kunskaper. Engelska motsvarande minst Engelska B från gymnasiet.

Literature

Persson, P.O. 2011. ”Cleaner Production - Strategies and Technology for Environmental Protection.
Industriell Ekologi, KTH.

Examination

  • PRO1 - Project, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Examiner

Maria Malmström <maria.malmstrom@abe.kth.se>

Monika Olsson <monika.olsson@abe.kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2015.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2014.