Topic 1: Sustainable Resources for Decarbonising the Economy
(Please refer to https://www.eubce.com/conference-topics.html for a full list of sub-Topics within Topic 1)
Monday 6th July
The main programme of the conference starts at 13:30 with parallel sessions. There will be 3 sessions from Topic 1.1, “Biomass potentials and biomass production models”. The first oral session is 1AO.1 on “Territorial biomass assessment” which comprises case studies of territorial biomass assessment and mobilisation from around the world, including sugarcane yield estimation in Brazil, energy crops and residues in Colombia and renewable fuel supply chains in Ireland. At 15:15 session 1AO.4 on “Approaches and methodologies to assess biomass potential” considers subjects including, biofuel potentials from hydrothermal liquefaction, abandoned lands for biomass monitoring and remote satellite imagery and guidelines for sugarcane straw removal in Brazil. Finally on Monday afternoon a starting at 17:00, session 1AO.7, on “achieving sustainable biomass potentials”, looks at global biomass potentials and sustainability constraints, including global potential assessment of available land for bioenergy in 2050 taking into account food security limits and quantification of agricultural production potential in relation to food and biobased demands, as well as studies on climate impacts on mobilization of wood resources in France and giant reed potentials on marginal land in Italy.
There will also be one visual/poster session on Monday afternoon starting at 15:15, from Topic 1.5, “Municipal and industrial wastes”. Session 1AV.4 is on “Recovery and Valorization of Wastewater, Urban and Industrial Waste for Materials and Energy” which addresses the results from a range of research projects focused on the recovery and the valorization of municipal and industrial waste in terms of both materials and energy. Experimental trials, concept studies and assessments are included.
Tuesday 7th July
The single oral session for Topic 1.2, “Agroforestry residues and by-products” begins at 08:30 on Tuesday. Session 1BO.1 on “Agricultural Residues for Energy Production” covers agro-industrial residues for advanced biofuels, bioenergy carriers, heat and for soil amendment, including agroforestry residues for intermediate bioenergy carriers, suitability for advanced biofuel production in some European regions, scenarios for residual biomass supply chains, and phosphorus availability and efficiency of thermochemical treatments of bagasse-based fertilizers from co-processed biomass.
There are two oral sessions for Topic 1.3, “Biomass crops and energy grasses”. Beginning at 13:30 on Tuesday is session 1BO.5 on “Biomass on Marginal Land” will address land use change and environmental concerns over biomass and bioenergy production and how these have fueled research to support the production of biomass on marginal land. For example, the performance of the novel miscanthus hybrids tested in the BBI demo project grace, comparing yields of lignocellulosic crops from marginal and agricultural land in Europe, production of oil crops on heavily metal contaminated soils and how marginal soils affect bioenergy feedstock yield and quality. The second Topic 1.3 session starting at 15:15, 1BO.9 on “annual and perennial crops for the bioeconomy” looks at agronomic and environmental issues related to a range of annual and perennial biomass crops including cold tolerance and high-yielding biomass sorghum hybrids for biofuel production in northern latitudes, potential and actual yield of African fodder cane on areas affected by biophysical constraints and the effect of varieties, sowing times and densities on camelina & crambe yields from the results of the cosmos project.
The single oral session for topic 1.6, “Integrated Biomass Production for Energy Purpose” begins at 17:00 on Tuesday. session 1BO.13 on “Broadening Opportunities for Bioenergy Feedstock Production from Sustainable Agricultural Practices” addresses integrated biomass production for energy with emphasis on integration of bioenergy into farming systems and giving insights into how farming practices can improve by adopting bioenergy feedstock production. for example, an artichoke biorefinery for obtaining vegetable (artichoke heads) and a range of high-value chemical compounds, feeds and bioenergy, and agronomic performance of dedicated lignocellulosic feedstocks in a double cropping system following a cereal food crop.
There will also be one visual/poster session on Tuesday afternoon starting at 17:00, from Topic 1.4, “Algae and aquatic biomass production systems”. Session 1BV.7 is on “Algae and Aquatic Biomass Substrates for the Bioeconomy” which addresses a wide range of both micro and macro algae, as well as other aquatic biomass, which offer a wide range of feedstocks for society to change towards a bio-based economy.
Wednesday 8th July
The single oral session for topic 1.5, “Municipal and industrial wastes” begins at 08:30 on Wednesday. In session 1CO.1, on “Valorization of Municipal and Industrial Wastes for Materials and Energy”, results from a range of research projects focused on the recovery and the valorization of municipal and industrial waste both materials and energy are presented. these include, water and nitrogen management in hydrothermal liquefaction of urban waste, analysis of energy recovery from domestic wastewater in Brazil, environmental and cost analyses of robust microorganisms for ethanol production from autoclaved municipal solid waste, and integration of thermochemical conversion and chemical leaching processes for production of advanced biochar and high value critical raw materials.
The single oral session for topic 1.4, “Algae and Aquatic Biomass Production Systems” begins at 13:30 on Wednesday. Session 1CO.5, on “Algae and Aquatic Biomass Contribution to a Bioeconomy”, considers the potential contribution of aquatic biomass, both micro and macro algae, to a sustainable bioeconomy, giving examples of the most recent advances in the state of the production, preserving and processing technologies. examples are given of biochemical variations of water hyacinth growing in polluted Indian rivers, ensiling of seaweed biomass for biorefining, biodegradation of non-polar pesticides by microalgae-based systems, and advancing technology in algae cultivation R&D at Arizona State University and the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation.
There will also be two visual/poster sessions on Wednesday afternoon. The first session 1CV.6, from Topic 1.1, “Biomass Potentials and Biomass Production Models”, starts at 15:15. This session on “Biomass potentials and Biomass Resource Mobilisation” presents case studies and methodologies for biomass resource assessment in different countries and regions of the world.
The second visual/poster session is from Topic 1.6 “Integrated Biomass Production for Energy Purposes” and starts at 17:00. Entitled, “Integrated Biomass Production for Energy Purposes: Biomass crops and energy grasses”, this session (1CV.8) covers a wide range of innovative applications of agricultural and forestry residues for energy use. Among others, these include rice husks, artichoke, vine prunings from the wine production process, vinasse, poplar and miscanthus.
Thursday 9th July
There will be three visual/poster sessions on Thursday. The first session 1DV.1, from Topic 1.2, “Agroforestry Residues and By-products” commences at 09:00. The session, with the same title, deals with a range of agroforestry residues from different countries, harvesting methods and properties of the biomass for subsequent conversion to energy, and includes a number of cases for the production, quality and use of biochar.
The second and third visual/poster sessions, 1DV.3 and 1DV.5, are from Topic 1.3 “Biomass Crops and Energy Grasses” and bring together results from various agronomic, physiological and environmental focused research projects aiming towards decarbonizing economies at national and international levels through the use of biomass crops. Visual session 1DV.3 on starts at 10:45, while session 1DV.5 starts at 13:30.