28th EUBCE 2020

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Topic 2: Biomass Technologies and Conversion for Bioenergy

(Please refer to https://www.eubce.com/conference-topics.html for a full list of sub-Topics within Topic 2)


The oral sessions for Topic 2 start at 14:00 with Topic 2.1, “Production and supply of solid fuels and intermediates”. The first session (2AO.2) is entitled “Production, Characterization and Quality of Solid Biofuels” and covers the development of innovative methods for solid biofuels characterization, factors influencing fuels quality and fuel standards, biomass management procedures to improve the fuel quality, as well as the combustion behaviour of solid biofuels and pellet production from underexploited forest and agricultural feedstocks.

Topic 2.2, “Biomass and bioliquids combustion for small and medium scale applications”, has one session entitled “Novel Modelling Approaches and Application of Residue-based Fuels” (2AO.5) commencing at 15:10. This session covers new CFD models for simulations of packed bed pellet combustion, alkali release from the fuel bed during biomass pyrolysis, utilisation of used cooking oil in novel domestic heating combustion systems. In addition, emissions modelling and a method to predict pollutants from residential wood heating appliances are addressed.

The single session of Topic 2.3 (2AO.8) starts at 16:20 and is entitled “Innovative measures towards high efficiency and availability in large scale combustion”. The session deals with utilisation of residues from olive production in an industrial boiler as well as retrofitting of existing large-scale combustion plants, in particular aiming at fuel flexibility, including the use of additives, and high efficiency. Innovative modelling and experimental methods are also addressed to decrease maintenance costs, support failure prediction and high availability.



There are two oral sessions for Topic 2.4, “Gasification for power, CHP and polygeneration”. The first session, 2BO.2, begins at 09:00 with the title “Innovative Integrated Gasification Systems Modeling and Demonstration”. In this session, different configurations of bench and pilot-scale gasification systems, including Blaze technology for CHP applications, coupling fixed bed gasifier with char bed reactor for improved syngas quality and integration of solar drying of sewage sludge with gasification. A GIS-based modelling process for gasification power plant planning is also presented. The second Topic 2.4 oral session, 2BO.6, on “Small Scale Gasification Advanced Testing and Characterisation Related to Emissions” starts at 14:00. This session focuses on research works dedicated to small-scale laboratory characterisation of fuels for gasification and small-scale testing works and includes the catalytic role of Ca and K in energy grass char gasification, toluene cracking using char and mineral sorbents for alkali removal. In addition, the decomposition characteristics of glycerine in supercritical water are addressed.

There are also two oral sessions for Topic 2.5, “Gasification for synthesis gas production”. The first, 2BO.10, commences at 15:10 on Tuesday and is entitled, “Innovations in Feedstock for Gasification for Synthesis Gas Production”. In this session various feedstocks for gasification for synthesis gas production and factors affecting syngas quality, including sewage sludge gasification for syngas and ash utilisation, are discussed and analysed. Process emissions are also considered, for example through an innovative sampling apparatus for simulation of energy conversion processes. The second Topic 2.5 oral session, 2BO.14, on “Advances in Gasification Processes for Synthesis Gas Production” starts at 16:20 and covers process related factors, for example process design and equipment operating conditions, for production of syngas as well as the cleaning and upgrading possibilities, for example for advanced biofuel production from energy crops and for upgrading of synthesis gas by reforming of recycled methane.

There is one visual/poster session on Tuesday afternoon starting at 14:00, and which combines Topic 2.1, “Production and supply of solid fuels and intermediates”, Topic 2.2 “Biomass and bioliquids combustion for small and medium scale applications” and Topic 2.3 “Biomass combustion in large utilities”. Session 2BV.2 is entitled “Solid Biofuels and Innovative Approaches for Biomass Use in Small to Large Scale Combustion Systems”. The session covers aspects of the energy chains for solid biofuels production, from the characterization of fuel properties, including the development of innovative analytical methods, the analysis of factors affecting the biofuels quality and of fuel properties relevant to logistics and conversion behaviour. The utilisation of new challenging solid fuels and liquid fuels is also addressed. Moreover, new methods to improve process control and combustion performance as well as novel approaches for combustion-based CHP technologies are outlined. This session also deals with measures aimed at increasing systems efficiency, fuel flexibility and reliability.



The oral session (2CO.5) for Topic 2.6 “Anaerobic digestion for biogas and biomethane production” is on “Results from industrial anaerobic digestion plants and related research” and comprises results from large-scale industrial biogas plants, including results from a large-scale wastewater treatment biogas plant and the third monitoring programme of biogas plants in Germany, as well as related research.

There are two visual/poster sessions, both of them in the afternoon. The first session, 2CV.3, from Topic 2.4, “Gasification for Power, CHP and Polygeneration”, and Topic 2.5, “Gasification for synthesis gas production”, starts at 15:10. This session on Innovations in Feedstock and Modeling Towards Enhanced Implementation of Gasification” focuses on various gasification feedstocks, the influence on different gasification agents as well as modelling of process conditions. In addition, gas cleaning and upgrading of syngas are discussed as well as techno-economical aspects. The session also addresses both integrated gasification and CHP systems, including a transportable biomass gasification unit for agricultural residues, fuel characterization and emissions in both experimental and modelling projects.

The second visual/poster session is for Topic 2.6, “Anaerobic digestion for biogas and biomethane production”. The session (2CV.5), Anaerobic Digestion optimization for biogas and biomethane production , starts at 16:20 and covers a wide range of biomass substrates for biogas and hydrogen production, biomass pretreatment methods, co-digestion, gas cleaning and technologies for biogas upgrading to biomethane for pipeline injection. The session  also deals with biogas process performance optimization, enhanced methane yield as a function of biomass substrate, hydrogen production and integration of anaerobic digestion with other process wastes and residues.



There are two  oral sessions for Topic 2.6, “Anaerobic digestion for biogas and biomethane production”. Starting at 09:00 is session 2DO.1 on Biogas Cleaning and Use in Local Communities”. This session deals with different residues as feedstocks as well as biogas cleaning/upgrading, for example novel geopolymer adsorbents for siloxane removal from biogas and development of a small-size cleaning unit for biogas use in high-efficiency fuel cells. The second Topic 2.6 oral session (2DO.4) on Biological Methanation Processes” addresses different approaches in biological methanation, including a trikle-bed reactor and ex-situ biomethanation .