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Waste to Energy Conversion

About the course
The course deals with the production of energy from different types of wastes through thermal, biological and chemical routes. It is intended to help the young scientific professionals to keep their knowledge upgraded with the current thoughts and newer technology options along with their advances in the field of the utilization of different types of wastes for energy production.

Intended audience
It is a Elective Course for PG and UG with Hon.

BE in Chemical, Mechanical, Environmental Eng., Biotech.

Industries that will recognize this course

Course Instructor

Dr. Prasenjit Mondal, is presently working as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India. He joined the institute in 2009 as Assistant Professor. He has also worked as Process Engineer in industry for two years and as scientist in Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, India for three years before joining IIT Roorkee. His area of research is Energy and Environmental Engineering (Water /wastewater treatment through adsorption, electrocoagulation and biological processes including phytoremediation, microbial fuel cells, oil from algae, energy from coal, biomass and wastes, life cycle assessment). He has handled number of R&D projects sponsored by Industry, Govt. of India and International Agencies. Presently he is engaged with two international projects under Australia India Strategic Research Fund and Indo-France Water Network Scheme. He has published one book and more than 100 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He is the recipient of NTSE scholarship, MHRD fellowship, Govt. of India and S.J. Jindal Trust’s scholarship, 3 year membership award of American Chemical Society. He is holding the position of Chairman Community Dairy, IIT Roorkee. He is a reviewer for several international journals including Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy. He is a life member of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers and the treasurer of Biological Engineering Society, India.

Course Plan

Week 1 - Introduction, characterization of wastes.

Week 2 - Energy production form wastes through incineration, energy production through gasification of wastes.

Week 3 - Energy production through pyrolysis and gasification of wastes, syngas utilization. 

Week 4 - Densification of solids, efficiency improvement of power plant and energy production from waste plastics.

Week 5 - Energy production from waste plastics, gas cleanup.

Week 6 - Energy production from organic wastes through anaerobic digestion and fermentation, introduction to microbial fuel cells.

Week 7 - Energy production from wastes through  fermentation and transesterification. 

Week 8 - Cultivation of algal biomass from wastewater and energy production from algae.

Suggested reading

Rogoff, M.J. and Screve, F., "Waste-to-Energy: Technologies and Project Implementation", Elsevier Store.

Young G.C., "Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion processes", John Wiley and Sons.

Harker, J.H. and Backhusrt, J.R., "Fuel and Energy", Academic Press Inc.

EL-Halwagi, M.M., "Biogas Technology- Transfer and Diffusion", Elsevier Applied Science. 

Hall, D.O. and Overeed, R.P.," Biomass - Renewable Energy", John Willy and Sons.

Mondal, P. and Dalai, A.K. eds., 2017. Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources. CRC Press.

Certification Exam

1. The exam is optional for a fee.
2. Date and Time of Exams: April 28 (Saturday) and April 29 (Sunday) : Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm 
3. Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
4. The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


1. Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score.
2. 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of 8 weeks course: Best 6 out of 8 assignments.
3. E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.