This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course introduce the fundamentals/basic theories and technologies for processing of organic wastes to biofuels and biochemical products via biotechnological unit processes. Additionally, methodologies and concepts for valorisation of wastes, biotechnological processes and bioproducts are discussed.

Learning outcome

Students who successfully pass this course will gain knowledge and competence on the following subjects
  1. Principles and understanding of concepts for organic waste treatment
  2. Commercial perspectives of waste-to-wealth concept
  3. Selection of suitable technologies for the optimum energy/chemical production from biomass
  4. Design and operation of energy/chemical production systems
  5. Critical evaluations of organic wastes and sustainability within the circular economy


This course provides the fundamentals/basics of processing of organic wastes to various fuels and biochemical products through biotechnological process. This also includes terminology and methods for valorisation of organic wastes, bioproducts and technology for processing. The course also focuses on design of lab scale reactor systems and pilot plant demonstrations of several waste treatment methods. Industrial scale applications and methodologies are also presented. Biomass conversion by biochemical, thermo-chemical and integrative processing is necessary to achieve sustainable conversion of organic waste into valuable chemicals. This is an underlying principle used throughout the course.
Additionally, understanding of the commercial aspects of solid/organic waste management and treatment is discussed, with focus on sustainability and the circular economy.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

MLJ630 Separation Technology

Courses equal to the first semester at Environmental Engineering.

MLJ630 (or equivalent course).


Mid-term exam and final group project
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Mid-term exam (home exam)1/44 hoursA - F
Final group Project3/4 A - F
The Final Group Project (75%) consist of 50% report & 25% oral presentation.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Gopalakrishnan Kumar

Method of work

Lectures 4 h/week (2+2). Exercises.

Open to

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

According to the general quality assurance program at the faculty.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 22.09.2020