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Tips for `waste to energy` 2008


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On Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 December 2008 about 2,000 participants from all over the world will meet at “waste to energy” – the Exhibition and Conference for Energy from Waste and Biomass – to obtain information, compare notes, and partake in discussion. The leading European forum for energy from waste and biomass boasts 65 lectures and workshops plus 132 exhibitors with their products and services. We have selected some topics for you from the extensive programme:

General topics:

  • Getting down to brass tacks: To what extent can waste to energy, i.e. sustainable waste management and recycling to energy actually contribute towards climate protection? Jürgen Giegrich from IFEU GmbH will address this topic and provide current data. 10 December, Lecture block starting 10.30 h, Conference Room 1
  • Immediately afterwards, Marlene Sieck from the Federal Office for the Environment will talk about ”The Waste Sector’s Contribution to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions“ and will draw a comparison between the EU and the USA. The European Union agreed to the binding objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by the year 2020. In contrast, US President George W. Bush declared in March 2001 that the USA would not ratify the Kyoto Protocol. Following the election of Barack Obama to President of the United States a change is expected in US climate policy. 10 December, Lecture block starting 10.30 h, Conference Room 1 
  • What’s more important – food or fuel? The discussion on the usage of so-called biomass is consistently – and justifiably – observed critically. In his lecture “Environmentally Friendly Material Flow – Requirements for Sustainable Biomass“ Günter Dehoust from ÖkoInstitut e.V. will talk about which requirements biomass has to fulfil if it is to make a real contribution to climate-friendly energy production.
    10 December, Lecture block starting 10.30 h, Conference Room 1 

Technical topics:

  • Not all waste is the same and neither are all waste treatment plants. Professor Henning Albers from Bremen University will devote his lecture “Balancing Models of Thermal Waste Treatment Plants“ to the issue of optimum operating conditions. He will be looking at both “traditional” waste incineration plants and secondary fuel power stations, as well as the increased requirements for fuel quality, emission avoidance and energy efficiency.
    10 December, Lecture block starting 14.00 h , Conference Room 1
  • A topic that is currently much discussed within the industry is the feed-in of biogas into the natural gas distribution system. Wolfgang Urban’s lecture “Technologies and Costs of the Production of Natural Gas Substitutes from Biogas“ will give an overview of the technologies currently available on the market for the production of biogas in natural gas quality. Urban will also present the findings of a 2008 study. 10 December, Lecture block starting 14.00 h , Conference Room 2
  • Gerhard Huppmann will address a number of current topics in his lecture “Sewage Slurry Gasification and Fuel Cells in Sewage Treatment Plants“. He will talk about the use of fuel cells in connection with biogas, landfill gas or sewage gas plants as well as the possibility of sewage sludge gasification – still largely unknown and particularly interesting for municipal sewage plant operators – and the use of substances for fermentation that do not compete with food production. 10 December, Lecture block starting 14.00 h , Conference Room 2
  • Household waste, bulky refuse, green and industrial wastes – a municipality produces a lot of waste. How district representatives can handle such wastes as efficiently as possible from waste collection and treatment to usage will be discussed by Holger Lingk, a plant manager. His lecture is titled: “Experiences with the Production of RDF from Household and Commercial Wastes for Different Waste-to-Energy Plants.“ 10 December, Lecture block starting 16.00 h , Conference Room 1 
  • A light burning is better than a garden fence dispute: Life can be good when neighbours get on well and co-operate. A fitting example of this will be presented by Andreas Potthast and Michael Feldmann
    in their lecture ”Refuse-Derived-Fuel Industrial CHP Plant Korbach-Planing – Construction and First Operational Experience“. The power plant produces electricity and process steam from RDF and supplies it to a neighbouring industrial company. 10 December, Lecture block starting 16.00 h , Conference Room 1
  • The fact that energy from the chemical industry doesn’t only come in the form of battery operated drumming rabbits will be demonstrated by Dr Nikolaus Thissen. In his lecture ”Waste Products as Energy Carriers in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry“ he will bridge the gap between waste-to-energy and waste-to-product recycling and show that it’s not a question of ”either, or“ but of making the best possible use of existing material flows.
    10 December, Lecture block starting 16.00 h , Conference Room 1
  • In Germany it’s still a niche sector, but countries like China and the USA have already recognized the significance of ”Energy Recovery from Mine Gas“. Benedikt Preker from Lambda Gesellschaft für Gastechnik mbH will address the question of how countries with a lot of coal deposits can use this technology.
    10 December, Lecture block starting 16.00 h , Conference Room 2
  • One for all: Bianca Pop reports on ”AQUATERRE – Integrated European Network for Biomass and Waste Reutilization for Bio-Products“. She will have with her a study that with regard to efficiency and environmental compatibility is to work out optimum techniques for the whole EU. The aim is to provide everyone who is interested in bioenergy and waste-to-energy projects with information with which they can advance and operate their projects efficiently. 11 December, Lecture block starting 11 h, Conference Room 2
  • According to a study by the trade association ‘Fachverband Biogas’ there is still room for expansion in the German biogas market. But there are some interesting projects in foreign countries, too. The company ‘entec biogas’, a planning office for biogas plants, has connections all over the world. Under the motto 'No two applications are the same' entec plans and constructs biogas plants for the use of agricultural wastes in Europe, Asia and Japan.
    entec biogas gmbh, Hall 5, Stand No. 5.G-18
  • Small but powerful: Rosoma is a medium sized Rostock company that has developed an innovative technique for the treatment of sewage sludge. After drying, the sludge can serve as an alternative to fossil fuels in coal-fired power stations, be burnt in their own so-called mono power plants, or be used as mineral fertiliser without any unpleasant odours. Fermentation residues from biogas plants can also be treated using the Rosoma technique.
    Rosoma GmbH, Hall 5, Stand No. 5.A-06
  • More electricity with less coal in Bremen. The plant engineer ThyssenKrupp Xervon Energy is building a new power station, Mittelkalorik-Kraftwerk (MKK) in the industrial port for swb. It will be able to supply electricity to 90,000 households. The fuels can consist of industrial wastes and sorting residues from waste treatment plants which are not suitable for waste-to-product recycling. In this way over 90,000 tonnes of coal can be saved per year. This protects resources and reduces both CO2 emissions and fuel costs. In addition, MKK will create about 35 new jobs. About 70 other   permanent jobs will be created in other companies for upkeep and maintenance.

ThyssenKrupp Xervon Energy GmbH, Hall 5, Stand No. 5.B-03

We hope you have inspiring discussions and make some interesting discoveries at waste to energy 2008!

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