Training

Life Cycle Assessment & Renewable Gas

Explore new academic horizons this summer with our Summer Schools for students passionate about life cycle assessment and renewable gas. Join us for an enriching immersion in these strategic fields, and prepare to broaden your knowledge while forging promising collaborations.

next session:  summer 2024 to confirm

next session:  summer 2024 to confirm

Summer School Life Cycle Assessment

The Summer School Life Cycle Assessment, proposed by BioEco Graduate School, aims to bring fundamentals knowledge on LCA method to students from various educational backgrounds, as well as at ability to conduct an LCA study.

Overview

  • Title: Conducting an environmental Life Cycle Assessment: from theory to practical application

  • Course aims: to bring fundamentals knowledge on LCA method to students from various educational backgrounds, as well as at ability to conduct an LCA study with SimaPro software.

  • Candidate’s profil: French, European and International master students (M2) and PhD students

  • Teaching language: English

  • Duration of training: 5 days

  • ECTS Credits: 4

  • Training site: INSA Toulouse

  • Next session: the date of the 2024 session has not yet been set.

  • Registration fees: /

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a worldwide used methodology for the compilation and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts associated with products, processes or services. Thanks to its holistic perspective – taking into account all the stages from a cradle to grave approach – LCA evaluates the potential impacts related to any economic activity including raw material extraction and processing, distribution, use or consumption, re-use, recycling, and final disposal.

The Summer School course introduces the environmental LCA methodology with applications to real life examples. The course is mainly oriented to MSc / PhD students who want to achieve a first degree of specialization in this field, but also to other people with a specific interest in these topics and a limited amount of time. No prior knowledge of Life Cycle Assessment is needed.

Fully interactive didactical methods used in this Summer School include *Lectures given by senior researchers*, *Business game*, *Individual and group exercises* and *Computer-based practical classes*.

This course aims at bringing  fundamental knowledge on the LCA methodology to students from various educational backgrounds, as well as  competences to conduct an LCA study with the SimaPro software.

On completion of this Summer School course, the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and concepts of LCA, and eventually apply to a personal work
  • Assess the environmental impacts of a system
  • Propose the best strategy to eco-design systems

This course presents the main concepts of LCA in a format accessible to a broad audience. Each class is 3 hours.

Monday 11/07 morning : General introduction to Life Cycle Thinking
– EUR BIOECO Summer School Welcome
– Presentation of the ESS program
– Teaching staff presentation + learners presentation
– Life Cycle Perception with Business game
– Take home messages. Focus on important points
Monday 11/07 afternoon Stage 1 of LCA – Scope definition
– Goal & Scope definition
– Definition of primary services, functional unit and reference flow
– Secondary services
– Classroom exercise (hand-drier)

Tuesday 12/07 morning Stage 1 of LCA – Scope definition and introduction to multi-functionality
– Classroom exercises (pork oil for biodiesel)
– Drawing process flow diagrams: attributional and consequential modeling
– Introduction to multi-functionality
– Marginal versus average processes
– Societal infrastructure (Electricity’s Technologies, Energy system analysis)
Tuesday 12/07 afternoon Stage 2 of LCA – Inventory analysis
– Foreground & background data
– Data quality (Pedigree matrix, EF method)
– Inventory calculation exercise
Stage 3 of LCA – Impact assessment
– Impact Assessment game
– Description of mid-point indicators
– Presentation of EF
– Assessment calculation exercise

Wednesday 13/07 morning Excel modelling
– Simplified Hand drier case study on excel
Wednesday 13/07 afternoon SimaPro modelling
– Global overview of the SimaPro software
– Introduction to SimaPro software (transport+bread examples)

Monday 18/07 morning SimaPro modelling
– Hand drier case study on SimaPro: with end of life modeling
Monday 18/07 afternoon SimaPro modelling + Stage 4 of LCA – Results & discussion
– Hand drier case study on SimaPro: with end of life modeling
– Aerosol bomb case study on SimaPro : Life cycle modeling with guidance

Tuesday 19/07 morning SimaPro modelling
– Coffee cup case study on SimaPro without (much) guidance
– Consequential modeling
Tuesday 19/07 afternoon SimaPro modelling + Stage 4 of LCA – Results & discussion
– Interpretation, coffee cup exercise
– Assessment of uncertainty and sensitivity through Global Sensitivity Analysis

Wednesday 20/07 morning Exam and feedback
– Multi-choice questions
– Self & peer reviewing correction
– Take home messages. Focus on important points
– What has not been shown?
– Learner’s feedback

French, European and International master students (M2) and PhD students

Year group 2021                 Year group 2022                 Year group 2023

First day                                     First day                                     First day

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FEES

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CONTACT

For all inquiries, please email:

bioeco-shortprogram[@] insa-toulouse.fr

REGISTRATION

Registrations for the 2024 are not open yet 

Please note that the year group is limited to a maximum of 20 people

Summer School Renewable Gas

From biomass and waste to Bio-H2 and bio-methane

Most energy scenarios, stablished to guide energy politics, are based on three pillars: energy sobriety (avoid wasting energy), energy usage efficiency (improving systems to reduce their energy consumption) and non-renewable energy sources replacement by renewable ones. This summer school, proposed by BioEco Graduate School, focuses on two renewable energy carriers (H2 and CH4) obtained from renewable feedstocks (biomass and waste). H2 and CH4 may assume two main roles in energy transition: energy carrier and energy storage medium.

Overview

  • Title: renewable gas : from biomass and waste to Bio-H2 and bio-methane

  • Course aim: this summer school covers H2 and CH4 production from feedstocks to gas distribution and storage, including a strong focus on biological and thermochemical production process.

  • Candidate’s profil: French, European and International master students, PhD students and professionals

  • Teaching language: English

  • Duration of training: 5 days
  • ECTS Credits: 4

  • Training site: IMT Mines Albi

  • Next session: the date of the 2024 session has not yet been set.

  • Registration fees: /

Presentation

Most energy scenarios, stablished to guide de energy politics, are based on three pillars: energy sobriety (avoid wasting energy), energy usage efficiency (improving systems to reduce their energy consumption) and non-renewable energy sources replacement by renewable ones. This summer school will be focused on two renewable energy carriers (H2 and CH4) obtained from renewable feedstocks (biomass and waste). H2 and CH4 may assume two main roles in energy transition: energy carrier and energy storage medium.

The summer school will cover H2 and CH4 production from feedstocks to gas distribution and storage, including a strong focus on biological and thermochemical production process.

The feedstock
Biomass and waste are organic matter based on carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur. Two main challenges arise to convert these feedstocks: they are heterogenous and broadly spread in the nature. The summer school will treat about these feedstocks, their availability and composition, and whether the composition and properties of a specific feedstock may guide the technology choice for its conversion.

The conversion processes
We may split the conversion process in two main stages: conversion process itself (the reactor) and the cleaning and upgrading of the gas to reach to specifications required downstream (a second stage of reaction, storage, or injection into the transportation network). Reaction step processes may be divided in two groups (biochemical process and thermochemical process) depending in the phenomena that drives the reaction. The summer school will be structured following these groups.

– Biochemical processes :
Biochemical processes are mostly wet methods at low temperatures and pressures where biochemical reactions are driven by a large group of bacteria. Three main processes will be treated :

  • Anaerobic digestion treats solid or liquid feedstocks. The course will cover that happens with organic matter during digestion, going into biological reaction. Required properties of feedstock to reach an efficient methane production will be discussed together with different existing process configurations. Each process step-up has its pros and cons, they will be discussed and connected to inhibitions processes, main limitations of the technology and the influence of these key points on the digestor stability. Several case-studies will help to explain all these crosslinked phenomena and how a digestor may be driven.
  • Methanation treats a gas to convert it into methane. This gas might be a blend of H2, CO, CO2 (syngas coming from a gasification process) or a blend of CO2 coming from a capture process and hydrogen coming from an electrolysis process (power to gas). Main reactions schemes will be cover in relation with constraints and limitations of a gas based reaction system in aqueous phase. Biological reactor architecture responding to these challenges will be presented.
  • Bio-hydrogen production by biological methods will be the opportunity to present the overall hydrogen sector. The course will then focus on the biological technology process, including reactors set-up, mechanisms, catalyst, and pros and cons of each choice. Finally, the biological production step integration in a whole chain will be covered.

– Thermochemical processes
Thermochemical processes gather a large panel of high temperature processes with different atmospheres (inert, air, steam, CO2 and blends). Most of these processes are gas-solid reaction processes. The summer school will focus on the three main thermochemical processes to produce hydrogen and methane.

  • Gasification is a thermochemical process that includes several steps to crack organic matter into a blend of H2, CO, CO2, CH4, COVs, tars… called producer gas or synthesis gas (syngas). The course will follow the different steps of this conversion, basics reaction mechanisms and interactions between solid matter and gas. Different reactor set-up will be discussed, identifying advantages and main limitation of each technology.
  • Catalytic Methanation is high temperature and high pressure catalytic process allowing the recombination of H2 and CO2 or CO to build CH4. The course will be focused on catalyst, their chemical and physical form in order to improve yield and selectivity. Typical methanation catalytic processes will be also covered.
  • Hydrothermal processes are arising as a potential technology to produce CH4. They have also been studied for H2 production. They are wet methods using water at high pressure and temperature as reaction media. Basics of hydrothermal process for H2 and CH4 production will be addressed.

– Gas cleaning and separation processes
Both biological and thermochemical processes do not produce pure products. They produce a blend of molecules; few of these molecules must be removed to reach downstream operation inlet specification.

  • Gas cleaning. A general overview of the gas cleaning technologies will be done, including different separation operations, like adsorption, absorption, particle filtration…
  • Membrane gas separation. A specific focus will be done on gas separation using membranes. Mechanism fundamentals and membrane properties will be discussed. Its application to CH4/CO2 separation and H2 separation will be described.
  • PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) technology. PSA is also an important technology for hydrogen and methane purification. The course will treat on PSA semi-batch operation processes basis. The adsorption support choice depending on the objective will be also treated.

Gas network and storage
Actual natural gas network is optimized to distribute fossil natural gas to final users. However, a replacement of fossil natural gas by bio-methane requires a rearrangement of the network design and management. The French natural gas network will be described, as well as the processes and methods required for the biomethane injection into the network. These renewable gas energy carriers allow mid and long term storage; this is a major asset of this kind of renewable energy carriers.

Storage will be described and a specific focus will be done on underground massive gas storage, including deep saline aquifers. The course will cover the development of the aquifer and the storage site design. A real case of hydrogen massive storage in deep saline aquifers will be used as example.

French, European and International master students (M2) and PhD students

Year group 2023

First day

Last day 

FEES

/

CONTACT

For all inquiries, please email:

bioeco-shortprogram[@] insa-toulouse.fr

REGISTRATION

Registrations for the 2024 are not open yet 

Please note that the year group is limited to a maximum of 20 people