BB2480 Energi och miljö 7,5 hp
Energy and Environment
Today, exhaust and pollution of the environment are of high concern to many of us. This involves both the production of products from non-sustainable resources but also the waste that we are continuously accumulating in water, soil and in the air. For treatment of these problems, now and in the future, the efficient use of living cells constitutes an important tool. This course gives you an overview of areas and methods where living cells are used to contribute to the goal of a sustainable environment. This involves the use of biological methods for example in treatment of waste, to enrich compounds from low mineral ore, design and operation of commercial bioprocesses for production of chemicals, biomaterials and biofuels. The course will also treat examples of the negative impact that microbial activity might have, for example in the spoilage of food and beverages and the metal pollution of ground water that is a result of mining processes.