Conference programme 2019

Biogaz Europe proposes a rich programme of international conferences for 2019 with simultaneous translation across the two days. Register here to be kept informed.

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CIBE, Clarisse Fischer - Secretary General
Every 5 years, standards are reviewed in order to adapt them to the market and its evolutions, and to correct restricting points which prevent the use of standards or standard classes. Today, standards published in June 2004 on woodchips and pellets in particular are being reviewed for a new publication this year. New standards on thermally treated biofuels and woodchips for industrial use are also being developed.
This review is an important opportunity for the whole wood energy sector in order to upgrade and adapt the standards to the French market, be it for the production or the consumption.
So the CIBE, in partnership with Propellet, RAGT and the SNPGB (National Syndicate of Wood Pellet Producers) works in coordination for the current review of the solid biofuels standards (woodchips and pellets in particular) or ISO 17225.
This situational analysis and the next steps will be presented.

10h00   The Brittany Biogaz Pact
10h20   Strengthening the competitivity of the French biomethane sector
10h40   Optimising the methanogenic value of the feedstocks
11h00   Reducing feedstock costs
11h20   Optimising the energy recovery from biogas
12h00   GRDF, GRTgaz, France gaz renouvelable, ENEA - Round Table Discussion
12h45   Exchange with the floor

CIBE, Stéphane Cousin- Technical Advisor
The Ministry has published on 3rd August 2018 the transposition orders of the 2015/2193/UE directive of 25th November 2015 related to the emission limitation of some pollutants in the atmosphere from Medium Combustion Plants or MCP. The latter is applicable to combustion plants with nominal thermal power from 1 to 50 MW. The directive sets the rules aiming to limit atmospheric emissions of SO2, NOx and dust, and also rules aiming to monitor the CO emissions.
Its transposition in French law is ensured by a decree and 5 orders which come into effect on 20th December 2018.
The main developments analysed by the CIBE will be presented.

CEDEN, Biomasse Normandie and/or ECO-MOBILIER
For around twenty years, the UE has established directives and regulations in order to integrate, from the conception of goods put on the market, the conditions of their end of life.
The objective is to minimize the streams but also to facilitate the reuse, the recycling of the material and the energy valorisation. The members states have adopted in that regard different strategies; in France, the enlarged recycling responsibility of the producer (REP) generalises through the creation of Eco-organisms, which gather professionals of each sector and which guarantee materially these objectives.
In the furniture sector, the State has approved Eco-Mobilier, which takes charge of the end of life management of the Furniture Elements Waste (DEA) of the general public, and a second Eco-organism has been approved for the DEA of the professionals (VALDELIA).
In this respect, Eco-Mobilier is planning by 2023 the collection of nearly 1 000 000 tons of DEA, of which about 2/3 are made of wood. Nearly 230 000 tons per year should be oriented to industrial and municipal heating plants. Although various programmes have been conducted before (SRBTP and ECIRBEN), this type of waste is today still not very well known. Eco-mobilier has wished to raise this problem by launching a large campaign for the characterisation of wood DEA at the national scale.
It has then asked the Biomasse Normandie Association and the CEDEN office to analyse in more details the composition of the end of life woods from the furniture sector. The state of progress of this study will be presented.

CIBE, Elodie Payen - Project Manager, AILE and/or ABIBOIS (Interprofession Forêt-Bois de Bretagne)
The wood energy organisers are local actors assigned by local authorities and ADEME in order to support a consistent development of the territorial wood energy sectors (municipal and industrial). Support to the supply structuring, technical and financial estimations of heating plants projects, knowledge of the progress of the installations and actors in place. Come and (re)discover their expertise and the people who work in your sector!

Expertise mutualisation in the wood energy sector, a lever for the development of wood heating plants projects and for their operational improvement : this conference will highlight, through testimonials, various forms of mutualisation of developing or operating wood heating plants.

14h00   Health Study
14h25   Dutch Case study
14h50   Danish Case study
15h15   Exchange with the floor

This conference will highlight the data on available resource in Brittany and Pays de Loire regions and will present the progress of the sector regarding the management of the quality of woodchips supply.

16h00   European Benchmarking
16h20   Swedish case study
16h40   British case study
17h00   Cobiogaz project
17h20   Methagris du Blavet project
17h40   Exchange with the floor

  9h30   The PRODIGE programme
10h15   Testimonial AAMF
10h25   Experience from the field of maintenance
10h40   Round Table
11h00   Exchange with the floor

Biomass- to-fossil fuel solid susbstitue : black pellets for drop-in coal replacement

IBTC - Michael Wild, President
Européene de Biomasse, Jean-Baptiste Marin, Director
Round Table

The term torrefaction immediately conjures up aromas of roasting coffee beans being turned slowly by a large paddle. Torrefaction of biomass from wood or agri-residues also involves a thermal process (of typically between 200 to 400°C), producing a dark solid biofuel. It is less suited to be drunk in the morning to get the day started but by contrast, makes for a much better coal substitute than coffee, thanks to its homogenous properties and high calorific value.

IBTC (Belgium)
The International Biomas Torrefaction Council comprises more than 20 major international industrial players and has as it central mission the promotion and “use of torrefied biomass as an efficient energy carrier which can speed up the global transition towards a carbon-neutral energy system by 2050”.

Européene de Biomasse is a French company taking big strides towards making the torrefied biomass vision a reality on an industrial and international scale. Investing more than 100m€ in its first new plant, production capacity will be 120 000T / pa of black pellets as a drop-in coal substitute for power stations from a process that is optimized to recover its own heat and power.

BTG Bioliquids, Gerhard Muggen, Managing Director
Pyrum, Gerard Perrin
Haffner Energy, Christian Bestein, Directeur Business Développement

BTG-Bioliquids (the Netherlands)
Biomass residues and various solid waste streams can be converted to liquid bio-oils via pyrolysis, the thermochemical decomposition of biomass through rapid heating in the absence of oxygen … and later refined to produce equivalent liquid fossil fuel susbtitutes, petrol, diesel etc.
BTG-BTL is a Dutch company that today takes lignocellulosic biomass and via their own patented pyrolysis process arrive at a dark-brown liquid, best known as pyrolysis oil. BTG-BTL’s pyrolysis process converts up to 70 wt.% of the biomass feedstock into bio-oil and the remaining part into char and gas (which is used to generate heat and power for the plants needs).
BTG-BTL’s Empyro plant converts 5 tons per hour of wood residues into pyrolysis oil, process steam and electricity. In 2017, Empyro passed the 20 million liter annual production mark, making it the world leader in terms of pyrolysis oil production.

Thermolysis is the thermal dismantling of organic substances under oxygen shortage. During this process, waste is transformed into oil, gas, and coke.
Pyrum today runs its own industrial plant processing up to 1 t/hr of waste streams (typically rubber) to produce a bio-oil that can be used as is, or refined further downstream. This equates to into 5000 ta of waste rubber converted into 2,500 tons of oil, 1900 tons of coke and 600 tons of gas emitting only 5 tons of CO 2 compared to 13 000 T if following the incineration route. 

Haffner Energy has developped and is commercializing a proprietary and highly innovative biomass to hydrogen pyrolysis procedure, known as Hynoca® (meaning “HYdrogen NO CArbon”) The procedure promises a number of key advantages compared to traditional methods for producing hydrogen :
- renewable resources, carbon neutral process
- cost effective renewable hydrogen. On-demand and on-site production to avoid expensive logistics = ultra-competitive hydrogen, ie prices up to 60% lower than current day market prices
- local consumption and production. Easy-to-install stations suitable to urban and suburban locations

11h15   What becomes of the organic matter
11h45   Efficiency and autonomy
12h15   Testimonial
12h30   Exchange with the floor

VT Green

RE-DIRECT (France)
The European project RE-DIRECT brings together 11 partners from BE, DE, FR, IR and the UK who are developing a holistic approach to promote the efficient use of natural resources and materials by converting residual biomass into carbon products and activated carbon at smart regional decentralised units.
RE-DIRECT will make use of the proven technology for Integrated Generation of Solid Fuel and Biogas from Biomass (IFBB) to convert 20 000t of unused biomass in a circular economy approach into region specific carbon products, among them activated carbon.
The solid fraction emanating from the IFBB is further processed by drying, using the surplus heat from the biogas combustion before passing through the pyrolysis and activation processes :

  • the dried solid fraction is carbonised using a slow pyrolysis reaction. Surplus heat is produced by combustion of the pyrolysis gases
  • the produced biochar is directly activated using water vapour, produced with the surplus heat of the pyrolysis reaction
  • the final product, activated carbon, can be applied for example in waste water cleaning

VT GREEN (France)
VT GREEN brings together the competences for the recovery of biomass from agriculture, the wood sector or industry, by thermochemical conversion (torrefaction, medium and high temperature pyrolysis). VT GREEN deploys a wide range of services for the development of innovative products and solutions for various areas of application (agriculture, environment, bio-based materials, biomolecules …).

GRTgaz, Robert Muhkle, Project Director « Liquid biomass 4 Biomethane »
Paul Scherer Institute, Dr Gaël Peng

Hydrothermal Gasification of liquid wastes
A lesser known bioenergy route to biomethane is the hydrothermal gasification of liquid wastes whereby the trigger is the supercritical point of water at 374°C / 221 bar.
A potentially large and under or non-exploited resource of liquid wastes (<25% dry matter) could be valorised to generate biomethane which would arrive out of the process conveniently at the correct pressure for direct injection into the network :

  • grey water
  • liquid agricultural wastes
  • animal fat
  • industrial effluents
  • digestate from an AD plant
  • algae

GRTgaz owns and operates the longest high-pressure natural gas network in Europe. GRTgaz also acts as a facilitator for the development of supply streams for renewable green gas.

Paul Scherer Institute (PSI)
The Paul Scherer Institute is at the forefront of work to bring biomethane from hydrothermal gasification to market and will be commissioning a significant desmonstration project in 2019.

14h00   Partnership possibilities with a semi-public entity
14h25   Testimonial
14h50   Participatory Financing
15h15   Exchange with the floor

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FEDEREC, Paul Léon, Président Filière Bois et Palelettes
Xylowatt, Pièrre Evrard, Commercial Director
CHO Power

Recycling of waste where there is a positive carbon benefit, into a renewable resource is evidently the priority, prior to its consideration for other ends. What however remains non-recyclable needs to be recovered for maximum value and waste to energy provides a very efficient solution.
Pyrogasification involves high temperature thermal treatment of renewable biomass or non-renewable waste in the absence of oxygen. The resultant gas (syngas), liquid and coke can be produced in varying proportions and volumes according to a number of determinable parameters. 
Whilst the most frequently practiced energy recovery method today of syngas involves its direct burning in a CHP motor, a secondary pathway involves the further process of methanation in order to produce a grid compatible gas for direct injection. The key attraction from an energy management perspective of this upgraded syngas is that it provides an opportunity to store and call up this calorific value according to demand. This “pyrogasification to biomethane/recovered gas*” route is set to make a major contribution to attaining the French 100% renewable green gas target for 2050 (from 15 to 40% depending on scenario).
Incineration by contrast, implies combustion in the presence of oxygen and the immediate recovery of the heat value of the incinerated feedstock. 

* « Biomethane », when this syngas comes from biomass or renewables streams (EnR)
« Recovered gas » when this syngas comes from SRF non-recyclable fraction or non-recyclable waste.

FEDEREC is the Recycling Professional Federation. Created in 1945, FEDEREC brings together 1300 company members, from very small businesses to big groups, spread out on the whole French territory, and with activities such as collection, sorting, recovery of industrial and municipal waste or recycling feedstock trade.

« Today, wood recycling players are waiting for the start of class B wood combustion projects. » Pascal LEON, President of the wood and pallet sectors.

Xylowatt has accumulated over the years the most direct experience of any developer of gasification solutions in Europe. Its most recent release, the NOTAR
® v.3 indicates a new level of attainment for the company in syngas production.
A world first : The Namur Hospital (CHU UCL) – Godinne site becomes the world’s first hospital mainly fed by green energy from biomass gasification. The CHU will benefit from this unit to cover a part of its needs in electricity (40%), heating (65%) and cooling (40%).
As it does not rely on wind nor sunshine, the new unit will produce day and night in summer and from local renewable biomass: 620 kW of electricity, 1100 kW of heat and 680 kW of cold. Its energy resources will include woodchips from natural wood (branches and cleaning from motorways sides) and recycled wood (not usable pallets and packaging wood).

ETIA is known the world over for its proven BioGreen© torrefaction and pyrolysis process converting biomass, plastics, and waste into energy and useful products. The first unit was installed in 2003 and over 90% of its business is in the export market.
In the pipeline today is the extension of the high-temperature pyrolysis Biogreen© process to become a technology to produce Synthane®, synthetic methane, from waste and biogenic resources by the addition of purification and methanation processes.
A collaboration with GRTgaz was launched in July 2017 to construct a pilot plant dedicated to produce synthetic methane from waste and biogenic resources and to validate the opportunity of injecting synthetic methane into transmission grid.

CHO Power
CHO Power designs, builds, and operates electricity production plants from SRF and biomass through its own gasification process. Onsite energy recovery via gas motors provides an excellent electrical output (two times higher than a vapor cycle).
CHO Power designed, built and operates the 1st plant of this kind (at European level, and even at global level) in Morcenx (Landes region, France). This plant, CHO Morcenx, is designed to recover 58,000T/year of industrial waste and forestry woodchips and it presents an installed capacity of 11 MWe.


16h00   "Conception and Construction of AD plants" certificate
16h30   "AD plant manager" specialist professional certificat
16h45    Round Table
17h15    Exchange with the floor

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Study Tours »

Study Tours

Study Tours to local special sites of interest can be attended the day before the exhibition opens, ie the 29th January.
The guided tours are conducted in French. More details will be published here later. 

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Business Meetings »

International Business Meetings

Visitors and exhibitors can participate free of charge in the International Business Meetings sessions on 
Wednesday 30 January: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 31 January: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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Innovation Competition »

Innovation Competition

The Biogaz Europe Innovation Competition and its prize award ceremony are always a highly anticipated moment of the event. This Competition, open to all Biogaz Europe exhibitors, awards a "Biogaz d'Or" and one or several "Biogaz d'Argent" to the most significant innovations of the year. These innovations may be products or services, and are judged by a jury of professionals, known for their experience and impartiality.

The 2019 award ceremony will be held on Wednesday 30th January in the Salle de Conférence, Hall 7