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1st November 2018

November

7th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste (EB and EfW)

By Roberto Vogel

When the opportunity arose to co-present a paper at the 7th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste (EB and EfW) in Venice, it wasn't a difficult decision. Although this was a professional engagement, I nevertheless enjoyed the 3-day event as much for the sights as for the learning and networking.

To start with the venue was amazing

 Venice Venue

Venice Venue Outside

Then there was the relevance of the papers and the networking opportunities. Hubert De Chefdebien of CNIM and Sven Anderson of B&W presented papers on the New Draft WI BREF, which will define the emissions from and operating requirements for new and existing EfW plants in the EU.

The paper that I co-presented with Dr Robert Gregory and Prab Mistry on the risks and some of the outcomes when operating an AD plant with HHW organic fraction. The papers are available to members of IWWG (see also https://www.venicesymposium.it/ )

Venice is a beautiful and enchanting place and naturally we enjoyed a bit of sight-seeing and came across the following:

                                                          Venice Flood Walkways

When asking about the relevance of these "benches stacked up all around the city we were told they get deployed as walkways in case of aqua alta - high water. This provided a valuable reality check for the relevance of work designed to fight global warming, which was part of the syllabus of the Symposium.