Waste-to-Bioenergy : Applications to Urban Areas

1st International ABWET conference

Western Europe
5, Boulevard Descartes 77420 Champs-­sur-­Marne (France)

From 19 until 20 January 2017, the 1st International ABWET conference will be held in Paris. From UNESCO-IHE, Eldon Rene (Senior Lecturer in Resource Recovery Technology) and Piet Lens (Professor of Environmental Biotechnology) are members of the conferences’ scientific committee.

This conference aims to provide an overview on the potential of urban organic waste for bioenergy production to serve the heat and power demand of urban areas and to be integrated into existing energy and urban infrastructures. For this purpose, both the analysis of biomass resources, processing and conversion technologies suitable for urban energy systems, and the assessment of existing case studies of integration of bioenergy to serve heat/cool and electricity demand for urban areas will be used to capture the technical and non-technical key factors. These latter are known to influence the use of biomass in residential areas, and impact the most promising bioenergy routes for these applications

Participants from academia and industry are invited to discuss recent scientific advances in the field. Through sessions with keynote lecture from internationally renowned leaders in their field and selected abstract presentations from conference attendants, the program will promote discussions on recent scientific advances.

This conference is organized in the frame of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Joint Doctorate in Advanced Biological Waste-to-Energy Technologies (ABWET). 


Day 1: Thursday, January 19th 2017

Morning session (9h00-12h20)
Topic 1: Potentials for biomass resources (composition, pre-treatment, co-digestion options)

  •  Food waste
  •  Biowaste
  •  OFMSW (Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste)
  •  Sewage sludge
  •  Co-digestion
  •  Microalgal biomass

12h20-14h00 Lunch

Afternoon session (14h00-18h00)
Topic 2 : Processing and conversion technologies

  • Anaerobic digestion technologies (reactor configuration, process control and modelling, microbial diversity, reactor optimization)
  • Heat and energy production (co-generation)
  • Biogas cleaning (H2S and CO2 removal, siloxane removal)
  • Biomethane injection in natural gas network 
  • Bioenergy technology co-products : e.g. solid digestates and liquid digester effluents (valorization and reuse), biochar


Day 2 : Friday, January 20th 2017

Morning session (9h00-12h20)
Topic 3 : New generation conversion technologies

  •  Hydrogen production
  •  Microbial fuel cells
  •  Microbial electrolysis cells
  •  Syngas production

12h20-14h00 Lunch

Afternoon session (14h00-18h00)
Topic 4 : Promising bioenergy routes and applications

  • Case studies (full scale application)
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
  • Integration in energy grid and urban infrastructures
  • Smart bioenergy energy solutions for cities
  • Demand based bioenergy production / integration with solar and wind power

Abstract submission

Abstract submission (2 pages) by email: September 30th, 2016

Oral or poster selection announcement: November 15th, 2016

Extended abstract submission (8 pages): December 15th,2016

Book of abstracts will be available from the conference website.


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