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1st International ABWET Conference : Waste-to-bioenergy : Applications in Urban areas

Conference objectives


1st International ABWET conference : Waste-to-Bioenergy : Applications to Urban Areas


This conference aims to provide an overview on the potential of urban organic waste for bioenergy production to serve the heat and power demand in urban areas and to be integrated into existing energy and urban infrastructures (e.g. gas grid).

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)


Key note speaker : Fiona Craddock or Aurore Médieu (Ordif, Paris, France) : Bin2Grid H2020 project : Turning unexploited food waste into biomethane supplied through local filling stations network



  •  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


Key note speaker : Prof. Christian Kennes (University of La Coruña, Spain) : Biogas upgrading and CO and CO2  convertion to value added fuels using biological routes


  • 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


Key note speaker : Nicolas Bernet (INRA, Narbonne, France) : 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



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