Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Sustainability Analysis in Food & Biobased Production

Date: 27 June 2016 - 01 July 2016
Location: Wageningen University

The course will start with mass and energy flow analysis, and proceed with the use of the concept of exergy. This allows the evaluation of food and biobased production systems on all possible levels - from large-scale supply chain, factory level, down to product and unit operation level, on efficient use of raw materials, energy, water and other utilities. Exergy analysis also allows the weighing of water and energy use, raw material use, relative to each other. The theory will be discussed in lectures, but the emphasis will be on application of the theory on practical questions and cases. The participants will work in groups (2 – 4 persons) on analysis of processes, identification of spots of inefficiency, and on evaluation of improvements in processes and process chains. Towards the end of the course, we have a look at larger cases. We encourage the participants to bring cases of their own.


The course is aimed at post-doctorate level: PhD students, researchers, but also at engineers working in industry. It is expected that people have a MSc in Food Technology, Biotechnology, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent. Course participants should have a basis on thermodynamics. After the course, the participants should be able to conduct exergetic (and mass and energy) analyses themselves.

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