Waste to Energy Conversion

By Prof. P. Mondal   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 3429
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.
PREREQUISITES BE in Chemical, Mechanical, Environmental Eng., Biotech.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Energy and Environment
  • Energy Systems
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 18 Mar 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 27 Mar 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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.

Books and references

  • 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.

Instructor bio

Prof. P. Mondal

IIT Roorkee
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 certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 27 March 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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