Conference EBW UK in London shows how to turn a liability into a resource - Novelty bio-coal from waste

Sustainable waste treatment will be crucial to the British Government's climate protection goals. Accordingly, energy recovery from waste plays an important role in Secretary of the Environment Hilary Benn's recently announced vision of a "zero-waste nation". By 2020 the amount of biodegradable waste sent to landfill has to be reduced to 35% of the amount in 1995. At the "Energy from Biomass and Waste UK" (EBW UK) Conference and Exhibition, held on January 26 and 27, 2010 in London, international experts will present options to achieve this ambitious goal. England's East Midlands and the G+R Technology Group AG from Germany support the event as sponsors.

Anaerobic digestion (AD) of residues and the production and incineration of refuse-derived fuels are two major conference topic areas. Biodegradable waste in Great Britain currently amounts to some 100 million tonnes. 20 million tonnes are food waste from food processing and catering, 90 million tonnes arise in the agricultural sector, and 1.8 million tonnes are sewage sludge. Biogas facilities are planned to convert a large portion of this waste stream into 10 to 20 terawatt hours of power and heat by 2020. How this can be done will be shown by exhibitors and speakers at EBW UK. They will present best-practice reports, the potential for plant efficiency increase, and options for using the gas to generate heat and power, to feed it into the grid or to sell it as a vehicle fuel.

The call to divert waste from landfill will also make the construction of waste-to-energy plants necessary which recover heat and power in the incinieration process. With only 12% incineration with "EfW" (energy from waste) still constitutes a small portion of waste treatment in the United Kingdom. According to forecasts from industry experts another 100 such facilities will have to become operational in the near future, some 20 are currently in the competitive bidding phase. Several sessions at the EBW UK provide answers on how to plan and design waste-to-energy plants to ensure maximum output while complying with all relevant laws to protect the environment.

The G+R Technology Group AG is a leading designer and manufacturer of bioenergy plants that deal with a variety of waste streams. The company develops all components at their facilities in Regenstauf, Germany. "The future belongs to GreenTech", explains Robert Stcklinger, CEO of the company. "At a time when natural resources are running low the importance of new, innovative technologies grows that help to increase sustainability. Experts says that no other industry experiences the same growth as environmental and sustainable technologies. Their forecasts even see a duplication of the market by 2020."

The G+R Technology Group AG based in Bavaria, Germany, is a European leader in developing innovative technologies. A current focus of their work is on hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC), a simple chemical process to produce bio-coal from residues. The response of the media so far was outstanding. A leading German newspaper even called the "green coal" a solution to mankind's three problems: the increasing demand for energy, climate change and famine.

The "Energy from Biomass and Waste UK" Conference and Exhibition is held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in the centre of London. More than 50 exhibiting organisations and some 60 expert speakers demonstrate how waste as a resource can make a contribution to climate protection and clean energy supply. EBW UK is organised by Freesen & Partner GmbH, an industry expert with more than 20 years of experience in the environmental and energy markets.

To view the programme and to regsiter: www.ebw-uk.com

Press contact:

Dr. Ines Freesen
Freesen & Partner GmbH
Schwalbennest 7a
46519 Alpen, Germany
Tel.: +49-2802-948484-0
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