ETE-25306 Basic Technologies for Urban Environmental Management


Studiepunten 6.00

Excursion (one day)12
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. K Kujawa-Roeleveld
Lecturer(s)HJ Cappon
dr. ir. K Kujawa-Roeleveld
Examiner(s)dr. ir. K Kujawa-Roeleveld

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-22806 Principles of Urban Environmental Management

Continuation courses:

ETE-34306 Energy, Water and Nutrient Cycles in the Built Environment.


This course introduces the qualitative and quantitative aspects of resources and waste (energy, water, solid waste) flows in an urban system, emphasising their origin, transport, use and return to the environment. The student learns to use tools like energy and mass balances for the analysis and design of urban resources flows.
The course discusses various technologies that have been developed to answer the urban resource demand and supply and related processes like treatment or recovery of resources and waste streams. The focus is on state-of-the-art technologies for wastewater treatment, energy supply and solid waste management. Furthermore, latest technological developments towards more sustainable resources cycles and chains are presented.The course combines lectures with tutorials, individual assignments and field visits. Tutorial material is provided for students to understand, exercise and apply basic knowledge on physical, chemical and biological processes relevant for the understanding of urban environmental technologies. In the lectures, the basic principles and sustainability features of different environmental technologies are introduced. In the individual assignments, the student performs qualitative and quantitative analysis and  a technology assessment for the solution of a specific urban environmental problem by performing basic calculations on urban flows. During the field visits students experience various environmental technologies working in practice (e.g. wastewater treatment, solid waste management facilities).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- understand the qualitative and quantitative aspects of resource flows ( i.e. energy, water, materials) in an urban system and are able to evaluate them in a given context;

- understand the operating principles, performance, applicability and sustainability implications of various environmental technologies available for the production, treatment and/or recovery of energy, water and solid waste in the urban environment;

- select and use basic terminology regarding the physical, chemical and biological processes to demonstrate the understanding of urban environmental technologies;

- perform basic calculations (e.g. mass and energy balances, reactors size, etc.) in order to describe and evaluate resource flows and technologies or combination thereof (e.g. in a water treatment plant).


- lectures: quality and quantity of urban environmental flows, urban environmental technologies for energy, water and solid waste;
- tutorial: in the tutorial students actively study, practise and apply basic knowledge of physical, chemical and biological processes relevant to the understanding of urban environmental technologies;
- assignments: students perform individually a technology assessment of potential solutions to a specific urban environmental problem through basic calculations of urban flows and their transformations to demanded quality considering different technologies;
- study visits: e.g. drinking water purification plant, wastewater treatment, solid waste management facilities.


- written, closed book examination (60%);
- tutorial (10%);
- individual assignments (30%).
It is not possible to pass the course without a pass mark (>5.5) for each of the respective elements.


Reader and lecture hand-outs (in Brightspace); Selected articles and books: for the energy part handbook: Godfrey Boyle, 'Renewable Energy - Power for a Sustainable Future', 3rd Edition. Water water E-book Water Technology: An Introduction for Environmental Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition by N.F Gray

Keuze voor: MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc2MO
Keuze voor: WUUEMBSc Minor Urban Environmental Management2MO