Scientific meeting - One day intensive course

Latest Developments in Waste to Energy Technologies

The challenges for the near future are the need for the development of new solutions for sustainable energy supply and increasing energy prices. The future needs new energy options.
During the course the different technologies will be highlighted and the state of the art of the technologies will be summarized. The main focus will be drawn to solid and liquid fuel production technologies, gasification technologies and the application of the synthetic gases for combined heat and power applications.

This Course on waste conversion to energy is particularly concerned with providing an overview about the latest developments of the technology including the presentation of recent commercial applications. Consequently the Course will provide a greater understanding of the principles associated with the efficient application and operation of novel waste to energy conversion technologies. This Short Course will give an overview about the different waste utilization technologies and helps to get a better understanding of the different strategies. The focus will be also drawn to gasification technologies and the application of the synthetic gases for combined heat and power applications. Additionally an overview of pilot plants and first commercial plants will be given.

In this course the description, illustration and exercise methods as well as solutions of waste to energy problems for various applications will be given.
The course will give you rare opportunity to listen and discuss problems of waste management with world top scientists from leading university centers. It could be the valuable experience in the professional career.

Course agenda

  • Fundamentals of issues with wastes
    • Why heat and power production from waste?
    • Overview about the resources of waste and biomass.
    • Different strategies for using biomass and waste.
    • State of the art of the technologies.
  • Incineration and air pollution
    • Fundamentals of waste incineration.
    • Overview about the different incineration technologies.
    • Future potential of the different technologies
  • Pyrolysis and gasification of wastes
    • Overview about the different gasification technologies
    • Main difference of the gasification concepts
    • Recent advances in gasification technologies in Europe and Japan
    • Pilot and commercial plant experiences for biomass gasification.
    • Future potential of the different technologies
  • Waste to solid fuel conversion
    • Fundamentals of the hydrothermal treatment
    • Solid fuel production from mixed wastes
    • Solid fuel and liquid fertilizer production from high moisture content biomass
    • Chlorine removal from municipal solid wastes (MSW)
    • Co-combustion performance of product fuel with coal
  • Waste to liquid fuel conversion
    • Oil production from waste plastics by pyrolytic reforming
    • Advanced BDF (biodiesel fuel) production technology
    • Emulsion fuel production and combustion
  • Questions and Answers (~ 30 to 45 minutes)

The Course will involve lectures and case studies. Delegates will be encouraged to take part in discussions on the topics covered in the sessions to ensure that they obtain maximum benefit from the Course and comprehensive handouts will be provided.
Each participant will receive course materials involving description of topics presented during the course.

Intended Audience
The Course is dedicated to:
Each participant will receive certificate of attendance signed by organizers and prof. Gupta and prof. Yoshikawa.


Prof. Ashwani Gupta
Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Prof. Gupta received his Ph.D. and higher doctorate, D.Sc. from Sheffield University. His current research interests are in clean combustion, energy conservation, propulsion and laser diagnostics. Previously prof. Gupta was a Member of Research Staff at MIT, USA and Sheffield University, UK. He is one of the best experts in combustion in the World. He has co-authored three books, edited 10 books, 7 book chapters and over 400 papers and delivered numerous Plenary and Keynote Lectures at International Conferences worldwide. His is a co-author of the popular book entitled "High Temperature Air Combustion: from energy conservation to pollution reduction" published by CRC Press, 2003 which is now in its third printing.
He is a Fellow of AIAA and ASME and member of SAE and the Combustion Institute. He has received several honors and awards, including the AIAA Energy Systems award and Propellants and Combustion award, the ASME George Westinghouse Gold medal award, James Harry Potter award and James Landis award, and the University of Maryland President Kirwan research award and the College of Engineering research award. He has also received several best paper awards from AIAA and ASME. He is an associate editor for AIAA J. Propulsion and Power and co-editor of the Environmental and Energy Engineering series of books published by CRC press. He has served as a consultant to number of countries worldwide.

Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa
Professor of Frontier Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
He graduated from Tokyo Institute of Technology and obtained PhD in 1986. After graduation from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Prof. Yoshikawa worked for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for one year, and then went back to his home university to become a research associate, associate professor and professor. He is one of the best experts in pyrolisis and gasification in the World.
His major research areas are energy conversion, thermal engineering, combustion, gasification, waste treatment technologies and atmospheric environmental engineering, and he wrote more than 200 papers.
His main awards are AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Best Paper Award in 1999, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) James Harry Potter Gold Medal in 2001, JSME (Japanese Society of Mechanical Engineers) Environmental Technology Achievement Award in 2006 and the Fellow of JSME in 2008.

Details - location and time
The course will be held in Szczyrk, Poland on October 22nd 2009 - along with International Conference "Fuel from Waste".
The place of course: Hotel Zagroń, Time: start – 9.00, end – 18.00

Services included: tuition, coffee breaks, lunch, certificate of attendance, course materials on CD.
Services  not included: accommodation.

Enrollment and fees

Enrollment can be made on via Internet. Special form is available on this page.
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