Defining Your Biomass, Wastes and Low Grade Fuels Firing Program – What You Need to Consider for Enhanced Clean Energy

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Biomass (woodchips, switch grass, animal waste) and Municipal solid wastes is a renewable and sustainable energy resource. This webinar is aimed at sharing users’ experience with storing, handling, preparing, and using biomass and wastes. Cofiring and stand-alone projects as well as the basic considerations will be covered.

 Discussion Topics Include:

Clean Energy Recovery from Wastes and Biomass

Marco Castaldi, Professor, Columbia University

This part will cover various aspects involving the Waste to Energy (WTE) industry.  Topics will include emissions from WTE compared to more conventional power generation or waste management options.  His work on combustor design improvements has lead to more efficient, reliable operation.  Different classes of WTE facilities, such as controlled combustion, gasification and plasma operation.  Overall system considerations such as use of waste heat for district heating as well as improvements in cycle operation via steam temperature and pressure adjustments. Included will be aspects such as beneficial use of ash.  In addition, a global perspective will be given in terms of WTE impact on sustainability, climate change and public perception.

Production of Useful Fuels and Electricity from Biomass and Waste Resources
Kunio Yoshiokawa, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan 

Up to now, the only solution for utilization of solid wastes including biomass as energy resources is to incinerate them and to use the produced heat directly or to convert the produced heat into electric power employing boilers/steam turbines. We are developing and commercializing total technologies to convert unutilized resources such as solid wastes and biomass into high value added energy resources (solid fuel, gaseous fuel, liquid fuel and electric power) by combining various technologies which have been jointly developed with many companies. This presentation focuses on R&D and successful commercial applications of these technologies.

Biomass: Fundamentals and Applications

Ashwani Gupta, Professor, University of Maryland

Biomass and waste fuels offer great opportunity for use in power plants. However, their use must not adversely impact the performance of the furnace or boiler and also must not impact the emission of various pollutants. Learn fundamental information on the transformation of biomass and solid waste fuels to clean energy. Recent advances in biomass gasification technology will be presented. In addition some examples of showcase demonstration plants will be provided. Examples provided will cover recent successes with the use of biofuels in power plants using the novel ultra-high temperature gasification technology.


  By attending you will learn:

• The issues to consider when defining your biomass firing program
• Learn how to use negative cost low grade fuels for your plant
• Learn about efficient and economical treatment of landfill gas for gas turbine applications and the favorable plant economics
• Explore means to use low grade fuels in your boilers or furnaces and save fuel costs and enhance reliability of fuels availability at affordable costs for increased profits. The pay back for the upgrade can be achieved in a very short period of time.
• Reduce environmental compliance costs and environmental impact. Learn how to make impact on achieving cleaner environment even with the use of low grade fuels, biomass and wastes and enhance boiler/furnace life with no fouling and slagging of the furnace/boiler.
• Learn how the recent advances have helped promote rapid implementation of the new technologies successfully in many plants worldwide. Example case studies will also be presented.
• Hear from other users and members of common interest on cost effective use of wastes and biomass in their plants

Who Should Attend from the Plant and Corporate Headquarters:

• Generation Business Managers
• Fuels Managers
• Project Managers
• Operations Managers
• Engineering Managers
• Fuel Handling Managers
• Engineering/Technical Services Managers
• Environmental Compliance Managers
• Plant Engineers
• Research Engineers
• Environmental Engineers
• Waste Management Engineers
• Business Development Managers


Who Else Should Attend:

• Engineering/Procurement/Construction Companies
• OEM’s
• Fuel Suppliers
• Research & Development Organizations
• Consultants

Hear from these experts:

Marco Castaldi
Columbia University

Professor Castaldi has been engaged in research on thermal conversion technology of waste and biomass for the past seven years at Columbia University.  Prior to joining Columbia University he worked as a research engineer and manager developing advance combustor and reactor technology for the gas turbine and fuel cell industry.  Professor Castaldi continues to maintain industrial connections and is routinely engaged in engineering design and diagnosis of new and existing systems for waste to energy.  He is on the executive board of ASME’s Material and Recovery Division and has two visiting scholar appointments at Chinese Universities and multiple collaborations in Europe and Japan. He holds PhD from UCLA, and has 8 years of industrial experience, holds 8 patents in the area of gasification and catalytic reactor technology.

Dr. 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. 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 Fellow of JSME in 2008.


Ashwani Gupta
University of Maryland

Ashwani Gupta is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and also Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Sheffield University, UK. He has co-authored three books and over 500 technical papers and edited 10 books and over 10 book chapters. He is a Fellow of AIAA, ASME, SAE, and the Institute of Energy (UK). He is the recipient of AIAA Energy Systems award, and Propellants and Combustion award, the ASME George Westinghouse Gold medal award, James Harry Potter award and James Landis award, Worcester Reed Warner award and Holley medal awards, and University of Maryland President Kirwan research award and College of Engineering research awards. He has also received several best paper awards from AIAA and ASME. He is an associate editor for AIAA J. Propulsion and Power, J. Applied Energy, and co-editor of the Environmental and Energy Engineering series of books published by CRC press.


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