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Master i IMT Mines Albi-Carmaux Wastes, Process / Processing, Technology, Economics and business Engineering


Official Title
Biomass and Waste for Energy and Materials (BiWEM) - Mention : Ingénierie des Systèmes Complexes

Institute website
http://www.mines-albi.fr
Program

Prerequisite of the training
Bachelor (minimum)

Formation type
Initial education , Continuing education

Course languageUndefined
Language level prerequisitesN/A
Language requirement to graduateN/A

The M1 section is taught by
The institute : Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines d'Albi Carmaux

The M2 section is taught by
The institute : Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines d'Albi Carmaux

Domains
Wastes, Process / Processing, Technology, Economics and business Engineering
Section M1

Location
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines d'Albi Carmaux
Campus Jarlard,
Allée des sciences
81013 Albi CT Cedex 9
FRANCE

Average academic cost found without insurance of M1
9000 euros

Description M1
Given the current context of natural resource depletion, environmental and public health crises related to air and water pollution, pressures on energy supplies, we are facing a paradigm shift. The linear model “take, make, consume and dispose” is progressively being replaced by a 4R approach “repair, refurbish, reuse and recycle”. The circular economy is becoming day after day a new development strategy for nations. Better eco-design, waste prevention and reuse bring significant net savings for businesses, while also reducing environmental harm. Using resources more efficiently brings new growth and job opportunities. Turning biomass and waste into a valuable resource (a new material or an energy carrier) is at the heart of this strategy. Generating new materials, processes and markets requires global high-level training, including science, technology, regulatory knowledge, management and economics. All these innovative systems will emerge at the crossroads of process engineering, chemistry, fluid mechanics, thermal science, environmental sciences, economics as well as social sciences and humanities. The master BiWEM (Biomass and Waste for Energy and Materials) was created to satisfy the growing needs of this dynamic sector.

The objectives of the master BiWEM are to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical specialised knowledge in the field of biomass and waste processing. Students in the program will acquire the ability to design economically viable biological or thermochemical processes for the conversion of biomass and waste into new materials or energy carriers, within a sustainable development approach. Consequently, BiWEM focus on chemical engineering but also includes courses on economics (from process techno-economic assessment to corporate business plan and global economy), international regulations and on certain areas of the social sciences and humanities.

BiWEM, starting in September, includes 3 academic semesters (lectures in English) and a 6-month internship. The master is organized as follows:
• Semester 1: Scientific basis, fundamentals in economics and management of resources and the environment
• Semester 2: Core courses on resource pre-treatment and conversion, business and innovation in the field of eco-technologies
• Semester 3: Core courses on co-products upgrading and process assessments, management of complex systems respecting the three dimensions of sustainable development.
• Semester 4: 6-month thesis in industry and/or research lab, in France or abroad.

During the two year training, the students will have the opportunity to work with industrial partners and research laboratories. In addition to sound scientific and technical knowledge, the master BiWEM develops the ability to :
• work well with others, across cultures and disciplines
• understand, analyse and be able to manage complex systems
• develop a circular economy mind-set
• design, optimise and manage technical services and solutions to meet the current and future challenges in the field of biomass and waste valorisation
BiWEM prepares future researchers, consultants and executives for international careers in the field of waste and biomass valorization and the circular economy.

Scholarships M1
possible, please ask for information

M1 url
none

Period 1
September - January Language Hours* Credits*
or
Core
Economics and management of the environment en 105.00 7.00

Sustainable development (SD): SD governance, SD indicators and their political non-use, relevance of the SD indicators, concept of ecological debt, territorial footprints (A4D model)
Environmental controversy, consultation and social acceptability
Ethics of the environment
Environmental management (norms ISO)
Economics of the environment and natural resources

Resources and feedstock en 60.00 4.00

Resource sustainability and availability
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to circular economy
Structural biochemistry
Analytical methods for composition and structure characterization

Generic methods for engineering and process optimization en 90.00 6.00

Numerical tools: Initiation to Matlab, Numerical methods for solving systems of algebraic equations, ordinary or partial differential equations, Non-linear constrained multi-criteria optimization

Experimental methods: Statistical hypothesis testing, Analysis of variance (ANOVA), Principal Component Analysis, Design of experiments

Transport phenomena en 75.00 5.00

Heat and mass transfer, Chilton Colburn analogy, Radiative heat transfer, Fluid mechanics, Flow in porous media

Case study - Part I en 90.00 6.00

Visits to industrial sites
Definition of the case study: Bibliographic review, Resources characterization (practical work - RAPSODEE Research Centre), Block diagram of the proposed conversion process

French culture and language en 28.00 2.00

Introduction to the French culture and language. How to manage the daily life in France

Note: a part of (or all) the M1-Period 1 will be replaced by a "n+i" special package designed for foreign student.
See the Methodology Integration Package (PIM) for more informations.
Period 2
February - July Language Hours* Credits*
or
Core
Ecotechnologies and innovation en 90.00 6.00

Biological and thermochemical conversion technologies
Introduction to the concept of best available technology
Strategy and innovation
Methodology for creative problem solving (Method TRIZ...)
Rules and laws of intellectual property rights
Technology acceptance model
Environmental Technology Verification
Environmental ecotechnologies marketing

Biomass and waste pre-processing en 105.00 7.00

Upstream processes
Selective sorting and separation
Mechanical processes for particle and material design (grinding, shearing, pelletising)
Mechanical and thermal processes for water removal (mechanical dewatering, drying)
Chemical and thermochemical processes for biomass fractionation (acid/enzyme hydrolysis, torrefaction, steam explosion...)

Biological and thermochemical reactors for renewable resource conversion en 105.00 7.00

Applied chemical kinetics
Metabolic pathways
Fundamentals of reactor design
Application to biological routes (methanisation, composting)
Application to thermochemical routes (pyrolysis, combustion, gasification)

Case study - Part II en 120.00 8.00

Design of experiments (practical work, RAPSODEE Research Centre)
Reactor design and modeling
Pre-processing unit operation design and modeling

French culture and language en 28.00 2.00


* The number of course hours may be subjected to slight variations.
* More informations about ECTS credits.
Section M2

Location
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines d'Albi Carmaux
Campus Jarlard,
Allée des sciences
81013 Albi CT Cedex 9
FRANCE

Average academic cost found without insurance of M2
9000 euros

Description M2
Given the current context of natural resource depletion, environmental and public health crises related to air and water pollution, pressures on energy supplies, we are facing a paradigm shift. The linear model “take, make, consume and dispose” is progressively being replaced by a 4R approach “repair, refurbish, reuse and recycle”. The circular economy is becoming day after day a new development strategy for nations. Better eco-design, waste prevention and reuse bring significant net savings for businesses, while also reducing environmental harm. Using resources more efficiently brings new growth and job opportunities. Turning biomass and waste into a valuable resource (a new material or an energy carrier) is at the heart of this strategy. Generating new materials, processes and markets requires global high-level training, including science, technology, regulatory knowledge, management and economics. All these innovative systems will emerge at the crossroads of process engineering, chemistry, fluid mechanics, thermal science, environmental sciences, economics as well as social sciences and humanities. The master BiWEM (Biomass and Waste for Energy and Materials) was created to satisfy the growing needs of this dynamic sector.

The objectives of the master BiWEM are to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical specialised knowledge in the field of biomass and waste processing. Students in the program will acquire the ability to design economically viable biological or thermochemical processes for the conversion of biomass and waste into new materials or energy carriers, within a sustainable development approach. Consequently, BiWEM focus on chemical engineering but also includes courses on economics (from process techno-economic assessment to corporate business plan and global economy), international regulations and on certain areas of the social sciences and humanities.

BiWEM, starting in September, includes 3 academic semesters (lectures in English) and a 6-month internship. The master is organized as follows:
• Semester 1: Scientific basis, fundamentals in economics and management of resources and the environment
• Semester 2: Core courses on resource pre-treatment and conversion, business and innovation in the field of eco-technologies
• Semester 3: Core courses on co-products upgrading and process assessments, management of complex systems respecting the three dimensions of sustainable development.
• Semester 4: 6-month thesis in industry and/or research lab, in France or abroad.

During the two year training, the students will have the opportunity to work with industrial partners and research laboratories. In addition to sound scientific and technical knowledge, the master BiWEM develops the ability to :
• work well with others, across cultures and disciplines
• understand, analyse and be able to manage complex systems
• develop a circular economy mind-set
• design, optimise and manage technical services and solutions to meet the current and future challenges in the field of biomass and waste valorisation
BiWEM prepares future researchers, consultants and executives for international careers in the field of waste and biomass valorization and the circular economy.

Scholarships M2
possible, please ask for information

M2 url
none

Period 1
September - January Language Hours* Credits*
or
Core
Global environmental business en 105.00 7.00

Business plan
Corporate social responsibility
Working across cultures
Management of complex system
Global economy

Gas and solid coproducts post-processing en 90.00 6.00

Gas cleaning and purification (dedusting, adsorption/absorption, VOCs thermal/catalytic oxydation, tars catalytic cracking)
Gas upgrading technologies (reforming, methanation, Fisher Tropsch synthesis, separation)
Solid upgrading technologies (extraction, extrusion, physical/chemical activation)
Downstream processes for the valorization of end-of-pipe products

Process modeling, integration and assessment en 105.00 7.00

Initiation to ASPEN Plus for process simulation
Energy systems (heat exchangers, boilers, condenser,thermal storage systems)
Pinch analysis
Life cycle thinking, Life cycle assessment, carbon footprint
Techno-economic assessment
Industrial safety

Case study - Part III en 120.00 8.00

Process integration and modeling
Process assessments
Multi-criteria optimization
Corporate business strategy

French culture and language en 28.00 2.00

Emphasis will be on individual internship search support

Period 2
February - July Language Hours* Credits*
or
Core
Master Thesis en INTERNSHIP 30.00

6-month thesis in industry and/or research lab, in France or abroad


* The number of course hours may be subjected to slight variations.
* More informations about ECTS credits.