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Sustainable Resource Recovery From Used Water

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5 weeks
199 USD
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5 weeks
199 USD
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Course description

Sustainable Resource Recovery From Used Water

Wastewater is a major end product generated by humans. Traditionally, wastewater has been treated mostly for sanitary and environmental protection reasons, but this waste product harbours an enormous value, both from an ecological and economical perspective.

This course is about the state of the art in resource recovery technologies from wastewater. Regardless of your background, we will teach you the core concepts underpinning the recovery of carbon, nutrients, energy and water.

Learn from experts in wastewater engineering from The University of Queensland and Tsinghua University. This course will help you identify opportunities towards the sustainable management of wastewater as well as understand the major applications for recovered products.

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  • Self-paced Online
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  • English

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Training content

Introduction to the water cycle and used water management

Impact of water cycle on water resource sustainability, sources of used water, consumption of energy and resource recovery potentials, trends for used water management.


Carbon biological transformations, anaerobic digestion, carbon to electricity: microbial cells, carbon to PHA, cellulose recovery.


Nitrogen and phosphorous biological metabolism, microbial protein production and use as feed or fertiliser, phosphorous recovery, source separation, element recovery.


Fit-for-purpose water reuse, water recycling for drinking or irrigation use, environmental application of reclaimed water, industrial application of reclaimed water - desalination.

Integrated solutions and successful cases

Sustainability assessment of water technologies, the Huaifang case study, expert panel discussion, visions for the future of resource recovery.

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Tsinghua University, a partner institute of EdX.

2-4 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$199
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • Identify recoverable resources in wastewater.
  • Appreciate the breadth of potential products.
  • Discover the technological principles of the resource recovery processes.
  • Recognise the resources that can be recovered in different situations.
  • Appreciate sustainability in the urban water cycle and the importance of resources recovery in a circular economy context.

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