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Certificate in Advanced LCA Simulation

Advanced Life Cycle Assessment Based on Process and Thermodynamics 

A competitive Europe needs highly trained experts capable of addressing the constantly growing demand for raw materials. To that aim, it is necessary to have professionals trained in the most sustainable engineering techniques for the processing of raw materials.

Certificate in Advanced LCA Simulation program contributes to the design of a circular economy by developing new designs and methodologies, improving resource efficiency, re-covering critical raw materials from current levels; and enhancing process design methodologies towards Zero Liquid Discharge of effluents and solid wastes. Additionally, the program focuses on the Ecodesign of batteries and the whole value chain from the perspective of circularity. The aim is to demonstrate the principles for more sustainable battery production, especially for the EU market. 

The key objectives are to help organizations to

  • reduce the overall life-cycle climate and environmental footprint of the products
  • achieve longer product lifetimes via more durable and reparable products
  • increase the circular material use rate
  • reduce waste
  • achieve higher recycling rates
  • utilize process model-based LCA tools to reach these targets.

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EIT Raw Materials
Aalto University
Metso Outotec
TU Bergakademi Freiberg
University of Bordeaux
Wroclaw University of Science and Technology
Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT

The program supports the EU’s sustainable products initiative to make products placed on the EU market more sustainable. It provides product designers with knowledge and tools to understand how they can adjust existing material cycles and design new processes to optimize the environmental performance of batteries while maintaining their functional quality. Applications include electronic equipment such as computers, phones, and tablets, the automotive and aeronautic sectors, and sustainable energy-related technologies.

The program is designed and developed by Aalto University, Metso Outotec Finland Oy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, University of Bordeaux, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. VTT and Aalto University Executive Education.

Learning outcomes

During the program, you will increase your understanding of how to create a circular product to repair, remanufacture, or dismantle and recycle. You will gain experience in various commercial life cycle assessment (LCA) and thermodynamics software tools. The program includes online sessions where the training is based on the principle of actual calculation exercises.

After completing the program, you will

  • Understand the meaning of product circularity and the expectations for product design
  • Understand the life cycle of a product
  • Identify and describe the environmental impact of a product in a critical and analytical manner
  • Defend and formulate ways to improve the circularity of a product

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The program is designed for engineering, chemistry, and geology professionals working on process and product design, consultant enterprises, and authorities in public administration in the EU. Their work can consist of, e.g., process or product design, R&D, or production of HSE (health, safety, and environment). The program is targeted at the process industry and the battery and electronic equipment manufacturing industries.
 

The target group for the program includes

  • process engineers
  • experts in modeling/simulations
  • experts in environmental footprint calculations working in production plants
  • process technology providers
  • sustainability assessment enterprises, and
  • engineering companies designing process plants. 

The program is also beneficial for experts working in downstream, like applications and services, to give them knowledge on environmental characteristics and performance of energy-related products. Moreover, the program's content, learning outcomes, and skills gained are expected to be important for the authorities who must tackle future environmental assessment challenges.

Before joining the course, participants should have basic knowledge on metallurgy, materials science, or chemistry.

Program structure

The program is divided into modules where learners get to focus on different topics: integrated LCA and process simulation tools, thermodynamics simulation, and sustainable battery design.

The program includes two 2-day Annual Industrial Camps, which can be attended online or onsite. These camps allow participants to get to know each other and network. Networking plays a critical role in the program, as it can lead to new partnerships that may trigger innovations in products, processes, and business models. 

Throughout the program, participants will work on projects that help apply the learnings in practice. These projects are designed to support the professional development of the participants and to integrate their new knowledge into their work and organization.

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The following modules can also be taken as standalone modules. You may choose to register for one or more of the modules below that are relevant to your learning needs.