ETE-10806 Introduction Environmental Technology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work3
Excursion (one day)8
Course coordinator(s)dr. NB Sutton
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. H Bruning
dr. NB Sutton
dr. RD van der Weijden
dr. ir. MHA van Eekert
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. HHM Rijnaarts

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic knowledge of natural and environmental science.


The course gives a general introduction to environmental technology and its role in sustainable development, taking the nature and background of environmental and sustainability issues into account. Lectures deal with the various fields of application of environmental technology: gaseous emissions and off-gas treatment, water pollution and wastewater treatment, soil- and groundwater contamination and remediation technology, and the collection, management, conversion and re-use of wastes. The most relevant state-of-the-art technology, as well as promising new technological developments will be discussed. Focus is on the biological, chemical and physical principles of the processes, as well on the design of process apparatuses and engineered natural systems. Sustainability criteria will be used to evaluate alternative processes.
Working group sessions:
Design and evaluation of environmental technology requires both quantitative assessment of the fundamental of the process as well as creativity in the innovative application of technologies. Students will practice this in exercises, in which relevant processes are analysed by means of calculations and cases are discussed and solved in small groups.
Assignment coupled to lectures and excursion:
The assignment is group work (3-6 students per group) and is focused on selected environmental challenges of the world. Students choose a topic , analyse the environmental problem and define a solution  while integrating the lectured knowledge into their specific topic. The course includes an excursion to a local waste water treatment plant and a local soil remediation location to see environmental technologies in practice.
Practical training:
The practical exercises (in groups of 2-4 students) illustrate the theory of several environmental technological processes. By doing laboratory experiments on wastewater treatment and soil remediation, students get acquainted with practical aspects of environmental technology. They will evaluate the outcome of the experiments and draw conclusions for practical applications and write a practical report.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge and insight in the basic biological, chemical and physical principles of environmental technology;
- demonstrate qualitative and quantitative insight in the most important environmental technologies for treatment of solid wastes, polluted soil, wastewater and off-gases;
- set up mass balances for a selected group of treatment processes, and to solve basic equations describing these processes;
- demonstrate insight in how to abate or prevent environmental pollution by use of simple measures;
- carry out experimental laboratory research into a number of treatment processes ;
- comprehend and explain experimental results by applying theoretical knowledge from the lectures;
- report and present results of experimental and literature studies;
- work as a team member on a project on scenario's for a sustainable future using novel technological concepts.


- attending the course lectures;
- studying course notes and syllabi;
- solving simple environmental problems using basic mathematical tools;
-designing innovative and creative solutions for real environmental problems;
- group exercises in conceiving integrated solutions to environmental and sustainability issues;
- two excursions;
- participating in the practical exercises.


Based on the weighted average of the written examination with open questions (60%), the report of the practical exercises (results and discussion) (25%) and the assignment (15%). The minimum mark for the written examination is 5.0.


Syllabus and handouts.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc1AF