Environmental Engineering: Energy Recovery

Program Presentation

The high pace of modern life results in an increase in producing waste, the disposal of which poses a serious problem for the environment. However, if combustion of the organic fraction of waste is made use of, not only can much of the waste be eliminated, but also the potential energy that waste contains may be recovered.

From a broader perspective, this technique can and should be framed within what could be termed as an optimal overall management of waste, a process that integrates a variety of solutions and occupies increasingly more space in national and local government agendas, as well as in businesses and various social organizations.

From a practical approach, the Environmental Engineering: Energy Recovery program raises this issue and objectively analyzes this solution. The systematized strategies of recovery, reuse and recycling, are prioritized over more corrective remedies such as incineration or discarding in controlled landfills.

Who is the programme for?

The Environmental Engineering: Energy Recovery program is especially designed to satisfy two different groups:

  • People without a university degree who may want quality training in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • Graduates with a university degree who, in addition to their current education would like a practical specialization in the Energy Recovery to increase job opportunities.

Diploma

After successfully completing the Program, the student shall receive a Diploma awarded by the University where they have enrolled with the sponsorship by the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

The estimated duration of the Environmental Engineering: Energy Assessment program is 100 hours (10 credits).

With regard to the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being a distance learning program and not subject to instructor-led classes, a specific beginning date is not set, and so the student can register at any time, provided that there are spaces available.
  • For academic and learning reasons, the Programs duration will be between a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. In this period of time, the student should have supplied all of the program’s corresponding evaluations.
  • The credit structure of the Environmental Engineering: Energy Assessment program is collected in the following table:
  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subject 10 3 100
TOTAL 10 3 100

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that awards the degree.
b. Duration in months.

Objectives

General Objectives:

  • To apply energy assessment techniques to industrial waste, through proposals of modifying behavior and establishing guidelines to minimize waste as the result of industrial activity.

Specific objectives:

  • To learn to choose the most appropriate channels for the recovery of energy that results from organic waste.
  • To associate energy recovery technologies from non-fermentable organic waste: incineration, pyrolysis and gasification.
  • To describe methanization as technology for the production of bio-gas from fermentable organic matter
  • To outline a process of simultaneous production of heat and power (cogeneration).

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of Environmental Engineering: Energy Assessment are:

  • Occupation as a technician/advisor for efficient energy, in a city council.
  • Technical expertise in cogeneration optimization processes.
  • Occupation in incinerators and other thermal treatment plants.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Environmental Engineering: Energy Recovery program is comprised of one topic with five chapters, including two appendices and practical case studies related to this field.

The course allows the student to learn and comprehend, first place, the theoretical, conceptual and historical principles involved in waste energy management, and second, its organizational, social, and technological implications.

The objective is for the student to acquire a complete perspective of waste management from the point of view of energy recovery, through related multidisciplinary topics.

The chapters that comprise the subject are shown in the following table:

SUBJECTS
1 Fuel composition and energy capacity
2 Combustion and thermal destruction of waste
3 MSW energy assessment: incineration
4 Other energy conversion processes of a wastes’ organic fraction
5 Cogeneration
-- Case Studies
Appendix I Contaminated atmospheric effluents purification systems
Appendix II Present and future global energy frameworks

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI)

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.