2018 Technologies for Energy and Resource Utilization

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Yoshikawa Kunio  Takahashi Fumitake 
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Course description and aims

In this course, students will learn the effective use of solid wastes in the form of energy and resource recovery. For waste use, appropriate combination of various technologies ranging from combustion control, exhaust gas treatment, high efficiency energy conversion and waste management is essential. A variety of such technologies will be explained and an incinerator plant visit will be arranged to understand state of the art technologies focusing on the waste incineration process. Then, non-incineration based new waste management technologies will be introduced and students will give presentations on the effective measures for waste management in their home countries to gain better understandings of the waste management situation in each country.

Student learning outcomes

【Target】Students will acquire comprehensive and deep knowledge on the status and future prospects of waste management in the world focusing on waste management technologies.
【Theme】In this course, various technologies related to waste incineration will be introduced to inform students about the state of the art in waste treatment procedures. Then advanced non-incineration based technologies will be explained to let the students consider the appropriate waste management schemes for their home countries.


Waste management, Waste incineration, Waste power generation, Low environmental impact, Waste utilization

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

In the first half of the course, lectures will be given, and a waste incineration plant visit will be arranged to see the real implementation of technologies. In the latter half of the course, presentations and discussions in English by students will be conducted.

Course schedule/Required learning

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Class 1 Basic Thermodynamics Related to Combustion Students will learn about the basic thermodynamics required to understand the combustion process.
Class 2 Basic Combustion and Incineration Students will learn about basic knowledge on waste combustion and incineration processes.
Class 3 Air Emission Control Students will learn about emission control technologies for various kinds of air pollutants produced by waste combustion and incineration processes.
Class 4 Site Visit to a Waste Power Generation Plant Students will visit a MSW incineration and power generation plant in Yokohama to understand the real implementation of the waste treatment technologies.
Class 5 Advanced Technologies for Waste Management Students will learn about non-incineration based advanced technologies under development or early commercialization for effective waste utilization.
Class 6 Presentation on Waste Management in Japan Japanese students will make an English presentation on the status and problems associated with waste management in Japan.
Class 7 Presentation on Waste Management in Foreign Countries Foreign students will make an English presentation on the status and problems associated with waste management in their home countries.
Class 8 Summary of the Lecture Free discussions on the future prospect of waste management will be done in English based on the knowledge learned in this class.


“Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations” Edited by C.C. Lee and Shun Dar Lin(McGraw-Hill)

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Assessment criteria and methods

English presentation (50/100)
A report in English related to the presentation and discussion (50/100)

Related courses

  • GEG.E512 : Utilization of Resources and Wastes for Environment
  • GEG.E403 : Environmental Cleanup and Pollution Control Technology

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