Key facts

Course Dates
May 2019
14 weeks
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Fee info
From £750
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
Course Provider
Aberystwyth University
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Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Aberystwyth University, Online
AFTP Cohort

Course overview

Organic waste arising from many biotechnological industries can be processed to extract useful products or sources of energy. Much waste therefore has a value, determined by extraction costs and by the market value of its metabolites. 

This module explores the potential to valorise a range of waste streams and will include case studies of exemplary waste streams as well as from participants’ own chosen areas of interest.  The methods, technologies and equipment used to separate and fractionate waste, both downstream and upstream, will be discussed, as will the biotechnologically important metabolites that we can expect to be in demand in the future.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module participants will be able to:

  • Apprise a range of waste streams in terms of the potential market value of their metabolites.
  • Appraise a range of desired end products and identify waste streams that could yield component materials.
  • Evaluate suitable methodologies, technologies and equipment for separating and fractionating waste, taking account of extraction cost, market value and environmental impact.
  • Identify a range of metabolites that will become important as oil becomes more expensive and extraction costs reduce.
Additional Course Information

The course will consist of a series of lectures and guided learning focused on:

  • Introducing the concepts of waste stream valorisation
  • The green economy
  • Selecting the right technology for biomass conversion
  • Case Studies including Apple seed oil, Plum waste, Orange seed, Grapeseed, Blackcurrant pomace, Tomato waste
  • Toxin removal e.g. Cyanide
  • Brewery waste stream valorisation
  • Bread/bakery waste stream valorisation
  • Concentrating galanthamine
  • Case study: Quorn


      My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
      Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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