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Monday 19 February 2018
Beat the Heat – Before the hard work begins, HZI Australia will host drinks and canapes and the ultimate WtE quiz. Come dressed in your beach/summer gear for a casual evening to welcome all of our delegates and speakers to the event.
Tuesday 20 February 2018
Registration, Tea and Coffee
Barry Sullivan, Forum Chair
Welcome and housekeeping
Justine Linley, CEO, City of Ballarat (VIC)
John Bradley, Secretary of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (VIC)
Julian Turecek, EnergyAustralia
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Australia’s energy market and the role of Waste to Energy
This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of the energy market, discuss transition pathways and explore the potential role of energy from waste technologies. EnergyAustralia’s Energy Recovery Project at Mt Piper will be used as a case study to illustrate the key points.
Dr Stuart Wagland, Cranfield University (UK)
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Making waste to energy fit
In general, the way we manage wastes has rapidly evolved since the turn of the century, now viewing waste as a resource with the best intentions of maximising recycling and energy recovery. This talk will cover recent commercial set-backs, development needs and discuss opportunities in future waste management/low carbon energy scenarios.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF AND THE REQUIREMENTS FOR WASTE TO ENERGY IN AUSTRALIA?
This session will address the synergies and differences in policies across Australia as well as what is the political environment needed for the industry to develop
Facilitated by: Mike Haywood, Mike Haywood’s Sustainable Resource Solutions (SA)
- Nial Finegan, EPA Victoria
- Marcus Geisler, WA Waste Authority
- Steve Sergi, SA EPA
- Natalie Alves, NSW EPA
- Julian Turecek, EnergyAustralia
UNDERSTANDING WASTE AS A FEEDSTOCK
Dr San Shwe Hla & Dr Daniel Roberts, CSIRO Energy (QLD)
Importance of regional compositional changes of MSW on their impact on overall energy content
The variable nature of MSW fuels can cause serious problems with respect to the operation of WtE plants. In Australia, information regarding the detailed thermochemical analyses of urban waste streams is still very limited. In this study, we analyse the compositions and characteristics of MSW samples using data from two major cities. We also discuss the importance of pre-treatment and pre-sorting of MSW.
Kurt Palmer, STEINERT Australia (VIC)
Waste to Energy and Recycling – What must you do?
A major consideration for EPA’s around the country when evaluating your proposed project is what is your input material and what pre-treatment or recovery steps are in place to meet their recycling targets. Here we will look at material that can and should be recovered to meet your projects recycling requirements as well as some of the “good to get out” material for those of you looking at thermal treatment.
Nick Miller, HRL (VIC)
Knowing your Waste Streams – Characterising techniques
Understanding your waste streams is important for many reasoning including supporting technology selection and meeting EPA requirements. Sampling and Analysis methodology and technique selection is critical to ensuring the characterisation of your waste streams are conducted accurately. This presentation should act as a guide to ensuring the right processes are followed in characterising you waste streams
PLANNING AND MITIGATING RISK
Andreas Elvin, EPA Victoria (VIC)
Waste to Energy Proposals in Victoria – The Environmental Regulator’s Perspective
This presentation will clarify the environmental policy and legislative framework for WtE industrial applications in Victoria, including references to other environmental jurisdictions. In addition, key findings from a recent technical review of existing WtE technology applications, environmental impacts and pollution control strategies to identify best practice reference operations in this field will be presented.
Rob Millard and Paul Clapham, Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (VIC)
The business case for advanced resource recovery and waste to energy in Melbourne
MWRRG is developing a business case for future resource recovery options, including waste to energy. This will include an assessment of regional and sub-regional flows of residual waste and its composition; guidance on the identification and selection of sites; a consideration of proven technologies; and a region-wide cost benefit analysis.
David Woolford, Ricardo (UK)
Lessons Learned – Breaking the cycle
Ricardo E&E have been involved in the delivery of many of the UK’s EfW fleet from planning, permitting, technology selection, commissioning and review and improvement programs. This presentation will look at lessons learned through the project lifecycle to provide a perspective of some of the challenges that can affect the delivery of infrastructure.
Jon Cozens, New Energy Risk (USA)
Technology risk insurance as a pathway to project finance
Mitigation of technology performance risk is the key to financing first commercial scale waste-to-energy projects. Insurance is a highly efficient mechanism to mitigate the technology risk a lender sees in such financing, has been deployed extensively at large scale in this space, and has created great value by enabling efficient project finance.
STEINERT’s Spirit of the Outback BBQ Dinner – The Outback BBQ is a great Australian tradition and pastime. Join STEINERT Australia for a fun-filled evening accompanied by a mouth-watering BBQ Dinner. This function is a fantastic opportunity to mingle and relax with the other delegates and speakers.
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Registration, Tea and Coffee
WASTE TO ENERGY – IT’S ALREADY HAPPENING
Kim Glassborow, G&B Lawyers (NSW)
Firing up a WtE Project – Explaining the legal framework in NSW
There has been no State Significant Development Approval granted in NSW for an electricity generating WtE project – yet. This talk will walk through the legislative planning requirements in NSW and provide an overview of what it takes to obtain an SSD approval.
David Jettner, Australian Paper (VIC)
Does energy from waste fit with AP’s sustainability credentials
Australian Paper (AP) has a range of meaningful activities delivering sustainable outcomes measured in social, environmental, and commercial terms. This presentation will focus on AP’s EfW Project and consider: Can EfW fulfil the needs of communities and government? Does EfW fit with AP’s sustainability framework? & What will be the response of competitors?
Ben Sawley, ResourceCo Sustainable Energy (SA)
Learnings from building Australia’s largest EfW facility in NSW
In May 2018 ResourceCo will commission Australia’s largest EfW facility to date – the 250,000 tonne capacity PEF plant located in Wetherill Park, Sydney. This project has been many years in the making and combines best-of-breed process and equipment. There have been many learnings experienced with developing such an operation which ResourceCo will share.
ENERGY – MORE THAN JUST ELECTRICITY
Ali Saeedi, REMONDIS Australia (NSW)
REMONDIS and the future of alternative fuel production in Australia
The use of Alternative Fuels in EfW plants has been endorsed by most industrial countries, due to having long-term environmental benefits and providing a sustainable recycling solution. This presentation will focus on the learnings from REMONDIS’ international facilities and what this means for Australia’s emerging alternative fuel market.
Richard Fish, AlterNRG (CANADA)
Determining the purpose of WtE
As waste streams have energy value, thermal processing – such as Plasma Gasification – offers successful conversion of these waste streams into usable energy products and offer multiple advantages such as reducing the need for landfill, creating low cost, stable energy supplies, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and supporting a circular economy.
Dr Neil Thompson, ITM Power (QLD)
Hydrogen energy systems
The Energy supplied from a Waste to Energy facility can be more than just electricity. Through application of rapid response electrolyser systems, surplus electricity can be converted into hydrogen as a clean transport and industrial feedstock. ITM power will discuss opportunity with examples from around the world.
SMALL-SCALE REGIONAL SOLUTIONS
Fiona Waterhouse, Utilitas Group (QLD)
BioHubs: A new approach to waste to energy in regional communities
Utilitas Group are on a mission to deliver 100MWe bioHub projects across 100 regional communities by 2025. Fiona will share insights from the first three bioHubs to show how regional communities can position themselves at the heart of the circular economy, how they can be adapted to the needs of the community and the move towards advanced biorefining
Peter Burgess, Rainbow Bee Eater (VIC)
Introducing ECHO2: Base load, low cost electricity, heat and biochar from low value organic residues
ECHO2 converts local farming, timber, food processing or green wastes into a low cost, clean fuel gas which fuels a gas engine generator and/or a hot water boiler. The first commercial demonstration module will be commissioned at Mt Gambier in South Australia in early 2018 and will provide glasshouse heat, power and CO2 from construction timber residues.
Tony Stone, Gekko Systems (VIC)
Anaerobic biodigester for the Australian dairy industry
This case study will reflect on the collaboration, design, manufacture and site commissioning of a modular multi stage anaerobic biodigester for the Australian daily industry at the A.J. Trigg farm, Bungaree Victoria. The review will include observed benefits and the biodigester performance to date. Outline of the next steps for the future.
Bevan Dooley, Solid Energy Technologies (NSW)
Medium scale waste to energy solutions using direct solid fuelling gas turbines
Solid Energy Technologies unique gas turbine solutions can be utilised in small to medium sized communities to provide either base or peak load power. Both indirectly fired and directly fired solutions can be utilised to safely and cleanly convert waste to energy and can be integrated with an industrial facility to provide both heat and power.
Prof Dr Gerhard Janssen, MARTIN BioPower (WA)
Waste: A resource
Despite all efforts for waste avoidance and recycling, there will always be waste from households that cannot be avoided, and/or even after several cycles of recycling, materials will reach the end of sustainable life. All this waste still has a sizeable potential for energy and materials.
Dr Marc Stammbach, HZI Australia (NSW)
Safe energy from waste
This case study will reflect on the collaboration, design, manufacture and site commissioning of a Safety is expected in all dimensions from EfW. Safe EfW is safe tenders to financial closing, safe erection, installation, and commissioning, to safe operation and emissions. The presentation will cover best in class delivery of EfW plants and show case the examples of Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 and 2 (FM1 and FM2).
Mark Glover, Australian Industrial Ecology Network (NSW)
Sustainable EfW! An IE decision making framework
In 2017, the NSW Parliament set up a special committee to explore issues around energy from waste and report back to Parliament. AIEN made a comprehensive written submission to this inquiry – this paper will detail the IE framework proposed in the submission and attempt to provide a logical framework for EfW proposals and projects being contemplated.
Unwind and get to know your industry colleagues whilst enjoying a superb three-course dinner sponsored by Brentwood Recycling Systems. Be entertained by our special guests Dave O’Neil and Adam Rozenbachs.
Thursday 22 February 2018
Registration, Tea and Coffee
Simon Taylor & Heather Bone, Unitywater (QLD)
Waste to Energy at a Sewage Treatment Plant – Our journey so far
Unitywater commenced an energy reduction program in 2014, delivering significant savings to the business and providing for a number of valuable lessons along the way. The presentation will discuss the successes, lessons and vision for Unitywater’s energy future and our roadmap to move toward sustainable and profitable resource management.
Garth Lamb, Re.Group (NSW)
Mt Piper Energy Recovery Project
The Mt Piper Energy Recovery Project is a joint initiative of Australian recycling and resource recovery company Re.Group, and one of Australia’s leading energy retailers, EnergyAustralia. The project will involve developing a new, purpose built RDF burner next to the existing Mt Piper coal-fired power station at Lithgow in NSW.
Dr Rolf Liebeneiner, Bekon – Eggersmann (GERMANY)
State of the art WtE facilities. Presentation of two show cases from construction through to operation
To demonstrate the wide range of waste treatment facilities, this talk will discuss two state of the art plants. The first, an MBT plant treating 31.000 tpa of source separated organics from households captures energy with a dry fermentation plant and the second is an RDF plant treating 520.000 tpa of MSW which also recovers different types of recyclables.
HOW IS IT PAID FOR?
Barry Sullivan, Downer (VIC)
What will energy from waste cost?
We often we hear that “EfW is too expensive” but what are the reference points that an individual is using when making this comment? This presentation will break down facility capex and opex costs in such a way that a council will be able to compare them to their current costs as well as how developers estimates the ROI of a project.
Joy Leet, National Australia Bank (VIC)
Financing Waste to Energy in Australia: Experience and insights
This presentation will outline the role of banks in financing of waste to energy market, key bankability criteria and finance structures typically used for waste to energy projects.
Angela Hoefnagels, DELWP (VIC)
Victorians’ views on waste to energy
The Victorian Government recently asked Victorian businesses and communities what they thought about waste to energy technologies, and what role those technologies should have in Victoria’s waste and energy sectors. In this presentation we’ll share what we heard.
Garbis Simonian, Australian Industrial Ecology Network
Wrap up and closing remarks
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