BSEN40320 Waste to Energy Processes & Technologies

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will introduce students to fundamental principles of waste management, with particular emphasis on energy recovery. Waste generation and waste characterisation are examined, as are techniques for waste collection, storage, transport, utilisation (including recycling and recovery). The focus of the module is on the application of engineering science to develop integrated waste management systems incorporating energy recovery.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Explain the waste management hierarchy. Describe the key waste management legislation at national and EU levels. Specify the essential elements to be included in a waste management plan. Calculate land requirements in a nutrient management plan. Outline the main features in the design and operation of a modern landfill. Describe the design principles and operation of composting facilities. Highlight the key features and calculate design parameters and efficiencies of waste-to-energy technologies such as anaerobic digestion, incineration and gasification.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Content delivered in lecture format with time allowed for discussion for problem-based learning in groups. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BSEN30240 - Waste Management

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Literature review and report based on a waste to energy process Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Siting of waste management facility. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Assignment on waste topic. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided post-assessment.

Name Role
Dr Rajat Nag Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 11 Wed 11:00 - 11:50