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MJ2513 Circular Economy and Energy System 6.0 credits

The prevalent linear economy model based on “take-make-use-dispose” of resources, is economically inefficient and is the cause of multiple environmental problems such as ecosystem degradation and climate change. It also has significant impacts on the depletion of scarce natural resources (such as mining and oil extraction) and haphazard disposal of resources such as municipal solid wastes. In contrast, the circular economy model aims to transform traditional linear economic model and offers a vision of a paradigm shift of socio-technical system. In a circular economy, the maximum value is extracted from resources in use, resource inputs are reduced, regenerative processes are embedded in loops created to reuse and cascade energy and material flows while products and materials are recovered and regenerated at the end of each life cycle stage. This course will introduce students to the systems thinking principles, principles of circular economy model and methods to evaluate the impact of circular economy strategies in the energy systems that are the prerequisites to make current energy and industrial systems more circular. The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the circular economy from the perspective of lifecycle system thinking, the opportunities and limitations of the circular economy model in energy systems, circularity assessment approaches and specific examples of the application of circular strategies principles in practice.
Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

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Examination and completion

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

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


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Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

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