TEP4265 - Sustainable Food Processing


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course will cover sustainable and innovative technologies for food processing. The course will give overview of the main processing of foods, the required resources, energy and relevant equipment. All of these elements make the food industry a unique branch where thermodynamics, food chemistry and technology are combined together. The course is recommended for specialist who will work in the food processing industry.

The course will include the following topics:

  1. Thermal and physical properties of foods
  2. Freezing, chilling, thawing and heating
  3. Storage of food
  4. Dewatering technology: membrane separation, filtration, drying, evaporation and freeze concentration
  5. Food processing equipment: Chillers, freezers, dryers, concentrators and evaporators
  6. Energy efficiency and sustainability of food processing

Learning outcome


The course will provide the student with knowledge of: - Thermodynamic and mechanical processes for processing biomaterials - Different unit processes for handling biomaterials - Thermodynamic properties for composite products - Flow and transport technical properties for composite products

Skills: The course should enable the student to: - Dimension processes and systems for processing composite products using digital tools - Optimize unit operations for reduced energy use and process time - Assess environmental consequences in the food chain

General competence: The course should provide the student with: - Knowledge of energy use and environmental consequences in the food industry - Basic competence in the thermal properties and shelf life of food - Systems understanding of unit processes for handling biomaterials. Insight into the use of digital tools. Basis for sustainable processing to reduce the amount of waste for the food chain.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises (calculations and laboratory test). If possible it will be offered a Excursion to nearby companies. The course is given as a cooperation between the Department of Energy and Process Engineering and the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science. The lectures and exercises are given in English. Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

New chapters under development for the course compendium. In addition it will be selected chapters from different books to complement the the course compendium. The course includes video presentations of some of the lecture from previous year. All the learning materials will be available on Blackboard

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO7060 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Thermodynamics
  • Food Subjects
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D 2024-05-15 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 Sluppenvegen 14 17
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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