Energy and Environmental Engineering

Module aims

The major processes involved in energy and environmental engineering are of an interdisciplinary nature. Understanding these important processes requires a good knowledge of the fundamental science in disciplines such as microbiology, chemistry and thermodynamics. This module provides you with an overview of these disciplines with the focus on the application to a wide range of energy technologies and the environment.  

Module syllabus

Fundamentals of energy and environmental engineering science: 

  • Fundamentals of microbiology: cells; metabolism and growth; bacteria; protozoa; algae; fungi; viruses. 
  • Fundamentals of chemistry: the role of chemistry in environmental engineering; chemistry tutorial questions. 
  • Fundamentals of thermodynamics: energy; exergy; power; work; efficiency; first and second laws of thermodynamics; Carnot engines and heat pumps.  

Application to energy and environmental engineering: 

  • Climate change science: basic terminology of climatology; natural greenhouse gases that create the earth’s climate; factors that implicate industrial emissions. 
  • Waste treatment: biological wastewater treatment processes; biodegradable solid waste and sludge treatment processes; chemistry of waste decomposition in landfill. 
  • Energy technologies: introduction to energy from waste; biofuels and hydrogen; geotechnical issues in energy systems; oil and gas exploration; wind energy; solar energy; nuclear energy; wave and tidal energy; carbon capture and storage. 


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