Category: Conferences

Upcoming Events!

First International Conference on Biogas Microbiology

September 14 – 16, 2011 in Leipzig, Germany

International Biogas Operators’ Course

September 20-23, 2011, in co-operation with the University of Hohenheim, Germany

International Biogas Study Tour

4 days study-tour, starting 26 September 2011 in Frankfurt, after the International Biogas Operators Course at the University of Hohenheim. The participants will visit planners of biogas plants, manufacturers of components and biogas plants as well as biogas plants with new or ground-breaking concepts or technology in Germany.

13th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium – Sardinia 2011

3 – 7 October 2011, S. Margherita di Pula (Cagliari), Sardinia, Italy

EuroWaste Srl, Via Beato Pellegrino, 23 – 35137 Padova (Italy),tel. +39.049.8726986 fax +39.049.8726987


Biogas West

October 12-13, 2011, San Francisco

27th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management

March 11-14, 2012in Philadelphia, PA e-mail

Just came across a report from last year’s Waste to Wheels Conference, which coined the perfect term I was looking for: Renewable Natural Gas! Soon I hope we will begin to see vehicles with those little diamond stickers that say “RNG”  instead of “CNG.” Actually, RNG is the “real deal”  CNG, but the term was already co-opted. So here’s to RNG!

Read on (right on!)…

New Report on Turning Trash into Vehicle Fuel

Energy Vision, a national non-profit organization in the USA educating communities and business leaders on the benefits of using renewable natural gas (RNG) — biomethane — is drawing attention to a new report, Waste to Wheels: Building for Success, which summarizes the proceedings of a one day workshop held in Columbus, Ohio in December 2010. The workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative, Argonne National Laboratory and Clean Fuels Ohio. Energy Vision’s VP for Programs Gail Richardson, a member of the planning group for this workshop, wrote up the proceedings.

Waste to Wheels discusses the characteristics of biomethane. Much cleaner than petroleum fuels, it is chemically similar to conventional natural gas and can be blended with it or used to replace it. A significant difference is that it is made, not by drilling, but by processing the waste gases created wherever organic materials are breaking down: in landfills, at sewage treatment plants, and on farm or dairy operations.

Energy Vision, whose activities are supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories, points out that every year U.S. homes and institutions throw away enough garbage, yard trimmings, farm residues, and other organic waste to make this renewable resource capable of powering millions of the nation’s trucks and buses. Clearly, this is a renewable fuel.

“Given the rising concerns nationally and globally about climate changing greenhouse gases, RNG deserves “center ring” attention as it is the lowest of low-carbon fuels in the world,” notes author Richardson, “and technologies for producing biomethane are commercially available. Biomethane is produced in Europe and used by municipal fleets in a dozen of its cities. It is just emerging in the U.S.”

According to the report, communities that are now converting their bus and truck fleets to conventional natural gas for its clean air, fuel security, and fuel cost saving benefits are a step ahead in moving toward use of biomethane, since the vehicles and refueling infrastructure are the same for both.

Waste to Wheels culls major points and graphics from workshop presentations, and includes information about how to spot biomethane fuel production opportunities at the nation’s 1754 landfills, 16,000+ wastewater treatment plants, and 7,000 livestock farms. Speakers emphasized the benefits of biomethane projects – freedom from oil, clean air, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and green jobs.

“Clean Cities coalitions and other local partnerships can be game-changers in making renewable natural gas from wastes because local agencies play a decisive role in how the nation’s wastes are managed,” says Joanna Underwood, Energy Vision’s President. “We are committed to using Energy Vision’s expertise to assist DOE Clean Cities’ affiliates with local and statewide RNG initiatives.”

The Waste to Wheels workshop brought together 120 industry and government leaders from 29 states, who heard presentations by national experts on technologies for waste-based fuel production, projects, and financial incentives.

With an exclusive focus on biomass utilization in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada, the Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show is a dynamic regional offshoot of Biorefining Magazine and Biomass Power & Thermal magazine’s International Biomass Conference & Expo, the largest event of it’s kind in the world. Taking place in San Francisco, California, January 16-18, 2012, the Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show will connect the area’s current and future producers of biomass-derived electricity, industrial heat and power, and advanced biofuels with waste generators, aggregators, growers, municipal leaders, utility executives, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, investors and policy makers.

The mainland Pacific West—from southern California to British Columbia—has huge amounts of biomass resources. The region is home to dozens of biomass power plants, advanced biofuels startups, research hubs and vital industry associations.

The Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show program will include more than 70 speakers, including technical presentations on topics ranging from anaerobic digestion and gasification to combined heat and power and large-scale biomass combustion, within the structured framework of general session panels and four customized tracks:

TRACK 1: Electricity Generation
TRACK 2: Industrial Process Heat and Power
TRACK 3: Biorefining
TRACK 4: Project Development and Finance

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Midwest Biogas Conference 2011

The 2011 Midwest Biomass Conference will be taking place in scenic Dubuque, Iowa, on November 2nd & 3rd, 2011.  The conference will feature speakers and discussion pertaining to direct use biomass applications, feedstock development and existing resources, feedstock harvest transportation and logistics and biomass market development in the Midwest.

What to Expect:

The conference will provide the opportunity to explore the current and future potential for biomass energy production and local energy sustainability in the Midwest, a largely under served area for biomass resources until recently.  The conference will also offer outstanding networking opportunities between potential biomass producers, biomass users, manufacturers of biomass solutions or equipment, students, researchers, consultants and market developers.  Don’t miss your chance to attend the premier biomass conference in the Midwest!

Breakout Sessions:

  • Economics/Utilization
  • Production/Processing
  • Technology/Case Studies
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About the Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference and Exhibition

The Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference program will focus on case studies and lessons learned in important areas, including lower cost methane recovery, managing digestates, urban sourced organics for rural biogas systems, safety and design, innovations from around the world, and much more.

Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference and Exhibition

Interest in biogas production, in the farm, food processing and rural sectors, is expanding.  The Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference, March 5-7, 2012 will provide the occasion to learn about new research, technologies, projects and programs, including opportunities to use off-farm source organics, that are part of this growth field.

The GTM and Biogas conferences have always strived to be leading edge.  To that end, “innovation” will be the theme and key component of the Growing the Margins Conference as well as the Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference.

Mark your calendar!

The Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference and Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Growing the Margins: Rural Green Energy Conference & Exhibition.  These two high-profile conferences and their joint exhibition will be presented March 5-6, 2011 at the London Convention Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.  Special added attractions, including the ever-popular Technology Tours, will be held Wednesday, March 7.

The Canadian Farm and Food Biogas Conference will be of interest to:

  • livestock and field and horticulture crop farmers
  • greenhouse operators
  • food and beverage processors
  • technology and service providers
  • governments at all levels
  • utilities
  • researchers
  • financial institutions

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