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Monday 18 February 2019
Eat, drink and party like the Irish. Join FOCUS enviro for a wee bit of fun, drinks and canapes before the hard work begins at this casual networking event to welcome all delegates and speakers to the event. Dress Code: Green
Tuesday 19 February 2019
Registration, Tea and Coffee
Barry Sullivan, Forum Chair
Welcome and housekeeping
Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh, City of Ballarat
Cheryl Batagol PSM, Chairman, EPA Victoria
Minna Vilkuna, BMH Technology, Finland
Fueling a cleaner future
The presentation introduces BMH Technology’s TYRANNOSAURUS® Waste to Fuel SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel, EU TS 15359) production process. The process turns any combustible, non-hazardous solid waste into SRF. The talk will cover the use of SRF within the Circular Economy and the benefits it brings to the energy industry and environmental protection sector.
Ben Stansfield, Ricardo
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Practical decision making around obtaining consents for WtE developments
This presentation will consider, from a developers’ perspective, the practical difficulties and public engagement involved in gaining consents for WtE facilities. It will consider some of the pitfalls as well as features of success during consenting, making use of the Riverside WtE application as a case study.
REQUIREMENTS OF A BANKABLE SOLUTION
Lily McManus, Foresight Group
A Funder’s Perspective
Waste to Energy projects in need of long term development capital need to be structured in a certain way and must be underpinned by a risk profile which is acceptable to third party investors. This presentation will delve into the structural and risk characteristics which investors look for in a project.
Nick Entsch, Macquarie Capital
Funding of WtE: experiences from the first project in AUS and overseas examples
Macquarie Capital has been involved in the Kwinana WtE facility since 2015. Macquarie Capital committed over Â£900 million of debt and equity across more than 30 waste projects in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is therefore well-positioned to share its views as an owner and financier of WtE projects.
Jonathan Cozens, New Energy Risk
Technology performance insurance to enable project finance for waste to energy
Technology performance insurance can serve as a powerful lever for project finance for early stage waste to energy technologies, and has a proven track record of lowering cost of capital for such projects.
PLANNING & APPROVALS I
Barry Cook & David Gamble, GHD
A Global Perspective – Learnings and opportunities for project environmental approvals
Comparing GHD environmental approvals experience across a number of Waste to Energy projects in the UK, UAE, North America and Australia, the paper will discuss the learnings, approach and tactics to navigate the approvals requirements for environmental authorities globally. Comparisons between Victorian and New South Wales planning approvals regulations will be considered to support an efficient environmental planning approach.
David Snashall, ERM
Running the Gauntlet: Seeking approval for a W2E project in NSW
This paper will review recent experience in seeking approval for a W2E plant in NSW. It reports on the issues involved in seeking approval for a plant, including identifying the issues that need to be managed throughout the process. It also reviews the outcomes of other recent projects, the Parliamentary Enquiry, and the decision of the Independent Planning Commission in relation to The Next Generation proposal at Eastern Creek.
Michael Lambden, Sustainability Victoria
The State Government’s role in waste to energy: experiences and lessons learned
Waste to energy technologies could begin to play a larger role in Victoria’s waste and resource recovery sector, and could lead to better economic and environmental outcomes. Sustainability Victoria will present the role that the State Government has played to date and outline some key lessons learned.
David Jettner, Australian Paper & Carol Ng, SUEZ Recycling and Recovery
Achieving Victoria’s first EfW Approval – what does it take?
Australian Paper realised Victoria’s first Energy from Waste Works Approval from the EPA following a detailed and comprehensive application and assessment process. Learn about the key elements of a successful application and what are some takeaway tips for proponents based on AP’s Victorian experience and SUEZ’s UK experience.
PLANNING & APPROVALS II
John Smeltink, Clean Energy Regulator
Supporting waste to energy projects through the Renewable Energy Target
The Clean Energy Regulator is the organisation responsible for administering the Renewable Energy Target and this includes accrediting renewable energy power stations. The scheme continues until 2030 and we are continuing to see record numbers of applications for accreditation, including those from the waste to energy industry. This presentation will focus on how the agency can support waste to energy projects to access the incentives offered as part of the scheme and provide an overview of the eligibility and other requirements needed to secure accreditation.
Anthony Douglas, Phoenix Energy Australia
The Kwinana Waste to Energy Project – Australia’s first world scale waste to energy development
The presentation will review the history of the project development, focussing on the critical elements of creating a bankable WtE project in an Australian context, using the Kwinana Waste to Energy Project as a case study.
Damon Roddis, Environmental Resources Management
Clearing the air in the Energy from Waste debate: Why what-goes-in does not determine what-comes-out
This paper presents a case study of the air quality aspects and challenges associated with the environmental assessment of a major Energy from Waste project proposed for Western Sydney.
Facilitated discussion on what makes a project successful and why they are or are not getting up and running in Australia – what lessons can be learnt
We’re going back…from the future! Join STEINERT Australia for a retro fun-filled ‘Back to the 80’s’ night accompanied by a mouth-watering Dinner. This function is a fantastic opportunity to mingle and relax with the other delegates and speakers. Dress up and get ready to step back in time!
Wednesday 20 February 2019
Registration, Tea and Coffee
THE FUTURE OF ENERGY FROM WASTE
Bill Grant, Blue Environment
The burning question – What does sustainable WtE look like?
Energy recovery from waste with a high fossil carbon content can have greenhouse gas emissions per MJ similar to a coal-fired power station. Investment in large-scale mixed waste incineration could either lock us into ‘dirty’power for decades or result in stranded assets. This paper explores how mixed waste WtE can be sustainable in a clean energy future.
Gillian Hand-Smith, Sustainability by Innovation
What could Waste to Energy Look Like in 2050 in Australia and what would it need to get there
This paper looks at how the successful drivers Europe enabled a sustainable energy from waste marked. It looks at how the Energy from Waste market should look in 2050 if similar drivers are implemented and barriers removed.
Charles Hunting, Tsing Capital
Growing Green Energy – Biomass to transport fuel projects in Australia
AgBioEn will use world class technology to deliver clean, low emission renewable energy and liquid fuels from biomass. This presentation will provide an overview of the work they have been doing, analysing technologies, feed stocks and the logistics of creating a viable Bio-Fuels industry in Australia.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR FEEDSTOICK
Dr Darren Perrin, Ricardo
The importance of understanding your ingredients before making a cake
Understanding your waste feedstock is critical in the bankability of any technological solution. This paper will talk about the role of council waste audits in providing a useful categorisation that the supply chain is familiar with and how to de-risk changes in supply and composition.
Dick Reeves, General Kinematics
Best practices to achieve homogeneous feedstock
Recent advancements in resource recovery are directed at improving purity levels to achieve homogeneous feedstock. One of the best ways to achieve the consistency required is with advanced screening technology integrated at the start. Learn how current market trends have influenced the R&D of new product innovation and recent case study data outlines how this has been accomplished in the field.
Eric Paulsen, CEMAC Technologies
Effective fuel quality control in RDF production
Effective online fuel quality control is essential to any successful RDF generation. This tool allows direct process control and feed back loops to alter processes and feed stocks to minimize losses from off-spec materials. This presentation will give a good overview of how to effectively manage RDF quality from different feed stocks.
Georges Delemontex, Gekko Systems
Gaia EnviroTech – A novel approach to enabling anaerobic digestion as a waste-to-energy solution
Gaia EnviroTech has developed a low-cost, modular anaerobic digester for use as an on-site waste-to energy solution. Its modular design allows it to be scaled with waste requirements, while its multi-stage operation provides added flexibility to maximise its process efficiency. A prototype system is in operation at a local dairy farm and the author will report on its performance.
Jordi Gallego Rubio, PLASCO Conversion Technologies
Ash Vitrification & Energy Enhancement (AVEE™): Improving incinerator performance
External superheaters fed with NG are proven to increase steam conditions and substantially increase electricity output. AVEE™ uses clean syngas from Plasco GPRS™ to replace NG while delivering the same steam conditions, reducing costs and improving environmental performance by vitrifying incinerator fly ash.
Benoit Englebert, Keppel Seghers
Keppel Seghers waste to energy technology
After a brief introduction on the role of waste to energy in the global waste management and in the waste management in Australia, the presentation will focus on the main features of the Keppel Seghers waste to energy technology and on how this technology addresses the challenges of an efficient and sustainable waste conversion into energy.
Chani Lokuge, AECOM
Pyrolysis of biosolids and woody-wastes – barriers and opportunities
AECOM is investigating the use of pyrolysis at large and small scale to enable biosolids to be beneficial recovered for use in agriculture. Significant regulatory, financial and technical challenges exist to bring these opportunities to fruition. This presentation explores some of these challenges and opportunities.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SECURING AN OFFTAKE
Martin Gravett, GHD
What makes an alternate fuel attractive to a potential end user?
For successful implementation of energy generation using alternate fuels, commercial and technical drivers and offtake arrangements need to be aligned. This can be challenging, as existing on site energy production arrangements cannot be compromised by alternative energy arrangements. There are also different government policy and regulatory frameworks in every state.
Lauren Randall, Hunter Water Corporation & Chani Lokuge, AECOM
Reducing electricity price risk with renewable energy from biosolids and other organics at Hunter Water
Biosolids management poses both challenges and opportunities to wastewater utilities. This case study presents outcomes from a study exploring alternative biosolids management approaches involving renewable energy. The presentation describes alternative technologies including anaerobic digestion and gasification, and the approach adopted to examine various pathways to generate renewable energy from biosolids.
Deane Belfield, ECO2Sys
Mt Alexander Bioenergy’s integrated regional Bioenergy from Waste Facility feasibility study and business case
Motivated by the community vision of zero-net-emissions 2025, the opportunity to harness diverse organic waste streams from the region to generate renewable energy lead to this feasibility study/business case. It draws on circular-economy principles and combines bio-digester/biomass technology to solve regional waste issues and provide local electricity, heat and fertiliser.
Enrique Arquiaga, Broadspectrum
Development of a real-time monitoring system for waste flow
Waste characterisation is a critical part of a waste treatment process; however, it is tedious, inaccurate, and results are not immediate. This presentation looks at how artificial technology and computer vision can provide real-time monitoring to waste characterization, reducing operational costs and optimising facility design and operation
Unwind and get to know your industry colleagues whilst enjoying a superb three-course dinner and world-class entertainment.
Sponsored by: Brentwood Recycling Systems
Thursday 21 February 2019
Registration, Tea and Coffee
ON A PATH TO SUCCESS [PANEL SESSION]
On a path to success – A common approach to a collective goal. This session will explore the synergies and differences in policies across Australia as well as the current political environment in facilitating the industry’s development
Facilitated by: Rose Read, NWRIC
- Tim Eaton, Executive Director Assessments EA, EPA Victoria
- Tony Roberts, Deputy Director-General for Environmental Policy and Planning, Department of Environment and Science (QLD)
- Marcus Geisler, Chairman, WA Waste Authority
- Michael Trushell, Director, ACT NOWaste
- Plus others to be announced
ON A PATH TO SUCCESS
Bret Collins & Andrew Smith, REMONDIS Australia
Queensland’s first WtE facility – How landfill levies can drive technological improvement
The Swanbank Renewable Energy and Waste management Facility will be Queensland’s first large scale waste to energy facility. Planned to be located on Remondis Australia’s existing Swanbank resource recovery facility in South-East Queensland, it will use state of the art technology to produce up to 40MW of renewable base load energy and will divert around 400,000 tonnes per annum of waste from landfill.
David Woolford, Ricardo
Project Success – A collective level of higher or lower approval
This presentation will examine the relationship between stakeholders and their interest and influence over projects. Stakeholders can accept projects at a lower level that is sufficient enough to allow a project to progress, however should projects strive for higher acceptance to gain stakeholder buy-in to the point they become advocates?
Dr Andrea Walton, CSIRO & Ki Halstead, Sustainability Victoria
Understanding trust and social acceptance: Applying the science of social licence to the waste to energy context
In collaboration with Sustainability Victoria, this presentation applies CSIRO social licence research to the context of waste to energy technology. Using experimental and survey research findings it demonstrates opportunities for improving trust, community outcomes and social acceptance. Government initiatives for supporting improvement in industry engagement practices are also discussed.
Colin Barker, Australian Industrial Ecology Network
Wrap up and closing remarks
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