9TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ENERGY FROM BIOMASS AND WASTE
HOTEL MONACO & GRAND CANAL, VENICE (IT) / 21-23 NOVEMBER 2022

Alternative energy from waste and biomass
List of Topics

1. FEEDSTOCKS
Amounts, quality, properties, monitoring, source segregation, sorting and collecting systems, energy potential evaluation, etc.

  • Municipal Solid Waste (Putrescible Organic Fractions, Paper and cardboard, Plastics, Food waste, Unsorted waste, Gardening, etc.)
  • Special waste (Tyres, Automotive Shredded Residues, High calorific C&D waste, Residues from Circular Economy)
  • Healthcare waste
  • Organic Industrial and hazardous waste
  • Residual oils (Lubricants, Cooking oils, Concentrated oils form bilge waters, etc.)
  • Sludges (Sewage sludge, Kraft mill pulp sludge, etc.)
  • Waste biomass (Agriculture and horticultural residues, Manure, wastes from Beverage and Food industries, Winery industries waste, Meet and Fish industries, etc.)
  • Harvested Biomass (Wood from forests, agriculture crops, by-products from wood and agriculture, algae, seaweeds, vegetable oils, etc.)
  • Others (Insects, larvae, etc.)

 

2. CONVERSION PROCESSES
Features, operation, technologies, efficiencies, emissions control, residues management, siting of plants, decentralisation, appropriate solutions for Developing Countries, etc.

  • Mechanical treatment (Shredding, Sorting, Pelletising, etc.)
  • Anaerobic digestion (hydrolysis, acidogenic fermentation, biohydrogen production, acetogenesis, methanogenesis)
  • Biodrying for Solid Recovered Fuels (SRF) production
  • Biorefinery unit operations (Distillation, Transesterification, Fermentation, Hydrogenation, etc.)
  • Microbial fuel cell
  • Chemical Treatment (conversion of plastics to fuels, Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC), Hydrogenation, etc.)
  • Thermochemical treatment (Combustion, Pyrolysis, Gasification, etc.)
  • Low temperature thermochemical processes (Torrefaction, Hydrothermal Liquefaction, Hydrothermal Carbonization)
  • Integrated conversion processes

 

3. ENERGY OUTPUTS
Quality, purification, handling, storage, transport features, quality and energy valorisation

  • Liquid fuels: ethanol, biodiesel, methanol, vegetable oil, pyrolysis oil, tars etc.
  • Gaseous fuels: biogas (CH4 and CO2), producer gas (CO, H2, CH4, CO2 , H2), syngas (CO, H2), substitute natural gas (CH4)
  • Solid fuels: charcoal, torrefied biomass, RDF/SRF, etc.
  • Heat (steam production, district utilisation, industrial use, etc.)
  • Electricity (On site production, Electrofuels from renewable sources, etc.)
  • Mobility fuels (gasoline, diesel, maritime fuels, SAF-sustainable aviation fuels)

 

4. POLICIES, STRATEGIES, REGULATIONS
Regional, National and international approaches, EU Strategies and directives, role of research, etc.

  • Legal and administrative liabilities
  • Role of alternative energy generation in Circular Economy strategies
  • End of waste issues for alternative energy generation and use

 

5. GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Role of alternative energy from waste and biomass

  • CO2 capture Storage Utilisation
  • CO2 credits
  • Carbon balance
  • Reduction of GHG
  • Energy saving etc.

6. ECONOMIC ASPECTS
Virtuous relationships between economy, scientific research and technologies, case studies etc.

  • Capital and operational costs,
  • Revenues, taxation and excise duties
  • Financing opportunities
  • Sales e-trading, business analytics
  • Economic Perspectives in Developing countries

 

7. DECISION TOOLS
Sustainability achievement, cost-benefit assessment, alternative scenarios, evaluation grid, etc.

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Sustainability achievement
  • Material and substance flow analysis
  • Energy flow analysis,
  • LCA-Life cycle analysis
  • Risk assessment, etc.

 

8. COMMUNICATION: WASTE TO ENERGY AND SOCIETY 
(Role of communication, How to communicate, Public involvement, etc.)

  • Public perception in different national contexts
  • Waste to energy in the media
  • Waste to energy and social movements/ Local oppositions
  • Communication tools
  • Information campaigns
  • Mediation and consensus/ Education/ Case studies

 

9. OTHER RELEVANT ISSUES
Problems definition, Critical aspects, Solutions, Case studies, etc.

  • Digitalization and automation (AI-Artificial Intelligence), ML-Machine Learning, IoT -Internet of Things, Big Data, cloud and edge computing, robotic process automation, logistics, etc.)
  • Architecture of biomass/waste-to-energy plants (volumetric footprint as a design tool for functional land planning, designing criteria, etc.)
  • Ecotoxicological aspects and health issues (Occupational health, Emissions and human exposure, Epidemiological studies, etc.)
  • Environmental impacts (emissions, odours, etc.)