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Module Title LI Sustainable Process Engineering
SchoolChemical Engineering
Department Chemical Engineering
Module Code 04 31633
Module Lead Dr Andy Ingram
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-44 hours
Tutorial-22 hours
External Visits-8 hours
Guided independent study-126 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The module focusses on the following main areas, supplemented by topical issues:
1. Grand challenges for sustainability faced by the manufacturing, transport and energy industries – achieving the transition from fossil based, energy intensive to renewable (carbon neutral) and efficient processes over the coming decades.
2. Sustainable materials and the circular economy. Introduces the technology associated with recycling including recovery, sorting and reuse. Established technologies such as metal, paper and glass recovery will be contrasted with newer approaches. Consideration will be given to product designs that utilise recycled material while also facilitating recyclability.
3. Life cycle assessment and Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations. The concept of sustainable development is discussed and tools for quantitative assessment of our approach to sustainability are introduced. For example, lifecycle analysis is covered according to the principles of ISO14000, including use of commercial software (eg GABI). Introduction is given to the principles and practice of environmental legislation within the UK and the EU.
4. In the context of the above, topics and case studies may include (but will not be limited to):
a. Cellulosic fibres b. Strategic and critical materials c. Fuel cell technologies d. Energy storage including battery technology e. Decarbonisation of energy supply f. Reduction in use of solvents (in coatings industry for example) g. Waste water treatment including recovery of organics. h. Carbon capture and storage. Including carbon (and other emissions) trading i. Global resources (eg UN Report March 2019)
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Carry out a simple life cycle assessment and interpret more complex life cycle assessments following ISO protocols.
  • Understand the principles behind environmental legislation and discuss how legislation can be a force for change in practise and behaviour.
  • Understand the challenges faced by global economies, industries and populations in the context of climate change and declining resource and discuss possible solutions in terms of technology development, economic incentives and legislation.
  • Discuss the benefits and opportunities presented by the “circular economy”, the barriers to its implementation and the technological or legislative developments required.
Assessment 31633-01 : Online Exam : Exam (School Arranged) - Computer-based (45%)
31633-02 : Online Class Test 1 : Class Test (10%)
31633-04 : Online Class Test 2 : Class Test (10%)
31633-06 : Coursework : Coursework (35%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions In semester assessment: 20%
Exam: 80%
Other 8 hours external visit (field trip to Wales)
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