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KE2355 Resource recovery from waste 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Socio-ecological sustainability is a key goal under SDGs for the 21st century and to accomplish it, transition into a circular economy, which includes waste minimization through resource recovery, reuse and recycling but also waste to energy transformation, is imperative. Most EU countries are trying to increase the use of renewable feedstocks and organic waste through a transition into bio-based products, e.g. through the emissions trading system, policy objectives concerning energy security, stimulation of renewable transportation fuels at the EU level, and the CO2 pricing through tax or market mechanisms on fossil fuels to reach self-imposed Paris Agreement targets. Addressing this challenge demands that the engineers acquire knowledge on technologies for the next generation treatment.
This course covers novel processes and techniques for resource recovery. This includes using biochemical tools for resource recovery from waste(water) and hydrometallurgy for recovery of valuable elements from consumer products and industrial waste.

The overall aim is to provide a deep understanding of “Resource Recovery from Waste” concept and how this concept is applied in sustainable waste treatment processes. The following topics are covered:

  1. Biomethane generation
  2. Volatile fatty acid production
  3. Biofuel production
  4. Biohydrogen generation
  5. Bioplastic production
  6. Microbial Fuel Cells
  7. Critical raw materials
  8. Life cycle assessment approach for resource recovery systems

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Describe and analyze waste streams in terms of resource recovery
  • Identify and describe suitable resource recovery processes from waste streams
  • Compare and evaluate sustainable resource recovery processes from waste streams
  • Describe operational, environmental conditions and design criteria for bioreactors

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • PRO1 - Project assignment, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Offered by

CBH/Chemical Engineering

Main field of study

Chemical Science and Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

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