The pursuit of greater energy efficiency and environmental sustainability represents a strong stimulus for innovation. Industry has come a long way in the efficient utilisation of raw materials and energy, while minimizing environmental impact on water, land and air. The course provides education in materials science and engineering in diverse industrial manufacturing processes with special emphasis on either materials or processes for sustainable energy and low environmental impact. Through the analysis of dynamics of change that have interested several industrial production processes in the last decade, the goal of this course is to provide students with fundamental knowledge and understanding of materials, products and related technologies to respond to an increasingly urgent need for sustainable energy and environment systems. Introduction to the principles and methods of life cycle thinking and life-cycle assessment (LCA) as well as a general understanding of the current state and trends in the design of business models, value propositions and cost/benefit analysis will be also given
Expected learning outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will be able: - to discuss materials recycling, industrial waste valorization and saving natural resources for future generations; - to conduct an assessment of environmental impact of the industrial materials and processes; - to understand Life cycle analysis of industrial products; - to know regulatory issues related to environmental impact.
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