Introduction to the circular economy

  • Introduction to waste management (legislation, concepts, technical principles, etc.)
  • Landfill (construction, landfill gas, leachate)
  • Biological treatment of organic waste
  • Waste pre-treatment in mechanical-biological treatment plants and incineration plants
  • Collection & Transportation of municipal solid waste
  • Recycling

Introduction to renewable energies

  • Introduction to data, information, legal framework, and historical development.
  • Policy instruments
  • Potentials of alternative energy sources
  • Solar energy
  • Wind energy
  • Bioenergy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Energy storage

Introduction to environmental engineering (staff members of the professorship are involved in this course)

  • Issues and solutions in applied environmental protection in the areas of infrastructure, water, soil, coastal flood protection, renewable energies, agriculture, etc.
  • Occupational areas and required skills of an environmental engineer
  • Scientific work
  • Project organization
  • Preparation of reports, scientific writing

Environmental Process Engineering (The module is carried out together with the Chair of Water Resources Management)

  • Basics of system analysis (boundaries, material flow analysis, reactors, reaction kinetics)
  • Basic technical operations and processes (mechanical, thermal, and biological processes, phases, and interphase)
  • Principle environmental engineering methods and their applications
  • Important parameters for the characterization of water, wastewater, waste, soils and their analytical measurement (design, operation, and control/regulation of processes)


Circular economy

  • Collection and transportation - waste logistics
  • Treatment of solid waste
  • Recovery of waste - recycling (DSD, collection systems; waste glass; waste paper; metals; waste plastics; RDF); recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment; wood waste; construction waste)
  • Handling of hazardous waste
  • Sewage sludge treatment and recycling
  • Agricultural waste and animal by-products
  • Contaminated sites

Sustainable energy systems and energy efficiency

  • Definitions, concepts, political frameworks
  • Renewable energy sources (solar energy, wind energy, bioenergy, geothermal energy)
  • Energy storage methods
  • Technologies and measures to increase efficiency
  • Field trips


  • Biogenic residues and the utilization of organic raw materials
  • Recycling of organic waste (e.g. composting)
  • Energy recovery from biomass (e.g. incineration, fermentation)
  • Sustainability (e.g. material flow analyses, life cycle assessments)
  • Laboratory practical course
  • Field trips

Environmental protection in the industry

  • Recycling of production by-products
  • Environmental management
  • Efficient use of renewable and non-renewable raw materials
  • Recycling technologies
  • Design of environmental protection in selected industrial sectors (e.g. cement industry, steel production, power generation, automotive industry)

Research projects (staff members of the professorship are involved in this project)

  • lecture series (internal and guest presentations)
  • Current overview of the state of research in the chosen field (short lectures)
  • Literature research and review
  • Concept development and implementation of the research project (measurement or laboratory work, experimental setups, evaluations, programming)
  • Short presentation and disputation
  • Scientific elaboration (paper draft)


Module Bioenergy and Waste to Energy / Bioenergy and Waste to Energy

  • Relation between insufficient waste treatment and climate change
  • Possibilities of waste management on climate protection at the example Germany and international research projects/examples
  • waste hierarchy and impact of recycling on energy demand
  • Potential of organic waste and renewable raw materials (e.g. organic waste and residues from private households, industry and commerce, agriculture, forestry, residues of the energy crop cultivation) for bioenergy
  • Technical processes for the material and energy utilization of biomass (conversion and utilization of solid, liquid and gaseous bioenergy sources)
  • Possibilities of GHG (greenhouse gas) savings by waste management, WtE and bioenergy
  • Technical processes of advanced waste management technologies related to energy
  • Production of alternative fuels and their possible uses as waste fuels (high-caloric fraction, refuse derived fuel, solid recovered fuel) inclusive quality and performance characteristics
  • Objectives and basic/standard processes of the thermal treatment of waste (e.g. hazardous waste incineration in a rotary furnace, sewage sludge incineration in a fluidized bed furnace) and thermal utilization of solid biofuels
  • Role of CHP concepts and options to supply heat and electricity demand
  • Ecological, economic and social aspects for the evaluation of the sustainability of the material and energy utilization of biomass (material flow analysis, eco-balance, bioeconomy, renewable energy concepts of communities/municipalities)