Venice 2012 Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste November 12-15 San Servolo, Venice, Italy
The production of energy from alternative sources and its impact on climate change are among the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society. Numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards the production of energy and reduction in the use of fossil fuels by means of biological, chemical and thermal processes. Existing biomass and waste to energy technologies are currently undergoing rapid development. Despite growing interest in the use of these technologies, in many countries their implementation remains limited.
The aim of the Venice 2012 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous edition of the Symposium, held in 2010, was attended by nearly 650 scientists and operators from approximately 60 different countries.
The fourth edition of the Symposium will last four days and will include oral sessions, a poster session, a small exhibition by companies working in the field and technical tours.
The Symposium is organized by the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) with the scientific support of the Universities of Queensland, Padua, Hokkaido, Rostock, Singapore and Trento.
The IWWG (iwwg.eu) is a registered not-for-profit organisation aiming to provide an intellectual platform to encourage and support integrated and sustainable waste management and to promote practical scientific development in the field.
The group was conceived in 2002 as a think tank, whose work would be based on scientific principles oriented towards practical application.
The IWWG is structured in such a way as to allow it to focus on a range of subjects, to react promptly to problems in the field, and to communicate efficiently within the professional community.
The official journal of IWWG, Waste Management, published by Elsevier, has the highest impact factor in the field. Among the activities of IWWG is the organization of the world-renowned Sardinia Symposium.
The Symposium will last four days and will include the following topics:
A. Biomass and waste characterisation as a potential energy source
Municipal and industrial waste, Agricultural and horticultural waste, Hazardous waste, Clinical waste, Shredded car light fractions (“car fluff ”) etc., Analytical and monitoring parameters
B. Renewable fuel (Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Gas liquification, Hydrogen)
Production processes, Quality, Technologies, Handling and storage, Residues management
C. Anaerobic digestion
Appropriate technologies for different organic substrates, Processes, Operation, Gas treatment and utilization, Treatment of residues (digestate, wastewater), Analytical and monitoring parameters
D. Solid recovery fuel (SRF)
Characterisation and quality, Production, Handling and storage, Thermal utilisation, Co-combustion, Residues
E. Thermal treatment (Combustion, Pyrolysis, Gasification and Others)
Processes, Energy utilization, Technologies, Efficiency, Upgrading of existing plants, Corrosion and Operation problems, Gas cleaning, Ash treatment and utilization
F. Economic aspects
Capital and Operational costs, Revenues, Financing
G. Decision tools
LCA, Risk Assessment, Environmental impact assessment, Sustainability achievement, Energy and material balances
H. Policies and Legal aspects
Regional, National and International approaches, EU Strategies and directives, Legal responsibilities
I. Climate change and Sink
CO2 credits, Carbon balance, Reduction of GHG, Energy saving etc.
J. Ecotoxicological aspects and Health issues
Occupational health, Emissions and human exposition, Epidemiological studies.
K. Public acceptance
Information campaigns, Public involvement, Mediation and consensus
L. Experiences and new developments
Case studies, Pilot plants, R&D projects
M. Developing countries
Adaptation of technologies, Specific developments, Political and financial perspectives READ MORE