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Before choosing course

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.

The course is an English version of MJ2629

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MJ2640 (Spring 2012–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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

Basic concepts of Cleaner Production. Process Management, Product Design and Material selection as components of Cleaner Production development

Air pollution control and gas cleaning technology. Process internal solutions (process changes, raw material changes) and external solutions (gas treatment) 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.

Waste water treatment. Process internal solutions (process changes, raw material changes) and external solutions (different methods to treat waste water) in order to minimize water pollutions. A number of common applications will be discussed. Advantages and disadvantages with different methods.

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.
  • State and describe other process internal solutions to minimize air pollution emissions (flue gas pollutants and VOC) and emissions through waste water discharges.
  • 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.

Course Disposition

Lectures                              22 h
Seminars                             18 h
Written examination               4 h 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 120 academic credits (ECTS) in a program of engineering or natural science or the course MJ1502 or  MJ1500 or MJ2611 or corresponding knowledge. Documented profieciency in english B or equivalent. 

Recommended prerequisites

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Equipment

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Literature

  • UNEP (2002) Global status 2002: Cleaner Productionhttp://www.uneptie.org/pc/cp/library/catalogue/regional_reports.htm#cpgs2002
  • Per Olof Perssonet al. "Cleaner Production – strategies and technology for environmental protection". Industrial Ecology, KTH, Stockholm 2011.
  • Slide-copies and Notes from lectures.

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

Examination

  • PROA - Project Work, 2,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM1 - Exercise, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 2,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Profile picture Maria Malmström

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

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MJ2640

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

MJ2624  Project in Environmental Technology, 6 credits and MJ2641 Cleaner production II, 6 credits

Supplementary information

Replaces MJ2628 from study year 2012/13