The World Biogas Association’s 1st International Biogas Conference takes place in Athens, Greece on Friday, 3rd May and Saturday, 4th May, 2019. The conference location is the Eugenides Foundation next to the Athens Marriot Hotel (the appointed conference hotel). The Welcome Reception will also take place at the Eugenides Foundation, whilst the President’s Dinner (by invitation only) will take place in an exquisite location nearby.

The conference hosts welcome you to Athens and offer the possibility of visiting the sites of the historic city for those accompanying guests who will not be attending the workings of the meeting itself. Further, city tours for Sunday, 5th May are organised for those who stay over.

The conference is organised into four sessions over two days with speakers from around the world. Whilst the central topic of the meeting is the development of the biogas industry, speakers will also look at wider issues around climate change, sustainable development, waste management, research and innovation- as well as the specifics of operational issues for biogas operators.


09.15-09.45Welcome & Introduction to the Conference by David Newman, President WBA

Keynote addresses

09.45-10.15Dr. Janez Potocnik, Co Chair of the International Resource Panel at UNEP
10.15-10.45“Biomass in Greece”
Myrsini Christou, Head of Biomass department, CRES – Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving
10.45-11.05Coffee break, networking and exhibition
11.05-11.35“Anaerobic Digestion: a strategic process unit in integrated biorefineries”
Prof. Maria Loizidou, Technical University of Athens
11.35-12.05“How might changes in carbon pricing affect the economics of biogas plants”
Dr. Dominic Hogg, founder and Chairman of the British environmental consultancy Eunomia
12.05-12.25” Biogas, climate change, sustainable development”
David Newman, President of the World Biogas Association
12.25 -12.45Questions and Answers with the morning session speakers
12.45-13.45Lunch break, networking and exhibition

Session #1 | Experiences on Food Waste Management

13.45-14.05“City of OSLO programmes for food waste collection and biogas production”
Marit Soleim, Project Manager Waste-to-Energy agency (EGE), City of Oslo
14.05-14.25“The success of food waste collections and biogas production in the City of Milan”
Dr Alberto Confalonieri, Chair of the Technical Committee, CIC
14.25-14.45“Challenges and opportunities of waste management around the City of Athens”
George Broulias, Vice – Mayor of the City of Athens for Waste Management
14.45-15.05“The framework legislation in Greece for the collection and treatment of Animal By- Products”
Maria Papadaki , Acting Director of the Veterinary Public Health Directorate – General Directorate of Veterinary Services
15.05-15.25“ZERO WASTE Programme implemented to treat animal by-products and food waste in the first Biogas Plant built in prefecture of Peloponnese”
Vasilis Lekaditis , Chief Process Engineer KAFSIS Bio
15.25-15.40Questions and Answers with the afternoon session speakers
15.40-16.00Coffee break, networking and exhibition

Session #2 |Experiences from low to middle income countries

This session will look at how low to middle incomes countries are affronting the various challenges they face around energy independence, the management of biodegradable wastes, waste water treatment, and the financing of installations to handle the transformation to a low carbon economy
16.00-16.15“The use of biogas technology in Morocco for different sectors: energy potential and opportunities” Prof. Hassan El Bari, President of Moroccan Association of Solid Waste
16.15-16.35“The New Biogas Paradigm in China”
Chris Maloney, Eisenmann Corporation
16.35-16.55“AD in Africa – a Kenyan experience”
Dr Mike Mason, Chairman, Tropical Power
16.55-17.15“Utilization of biogas engines in Africa and India”
Alex Marshall, Clarke Energy
17.15-17.35“Case studies on multi purpose biogas re-use in various installations across the world”
Sylvain Donnaz, SUEZ France
17.35-18.00Questions and Answers with the speakers from the Session #2
20.00 -22.00WBA President’s Dinner (*Upon Invitation Only Event)


Session #3 | Operating Issues

This session will include speakers from companies that design, build and operate biogas plants and offers an exciting series of insights into the challenges the have faced and the opportunities they have found. We will welcome
09.00-09.20“Inspiring projects arise from reliable products”
Hanna Richter, Marketing Manager, Erich Stallkamp ESTA GmbH
09.20-09.40“Innovative and cost efficient Digestate treatment for the production of solid fertilizer and irrigation water reuse”
Dr.-Ing. A.Yfantis, SYCHEM
09.40-10.00“Key issues for the successful exploitation of biogas derived by Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW)”
Ioannis Boukis, Director for Energy Projects, HELECTOR
10.00-10.20“Taking a plant from a concept to an industrial reality: Crossing the Valley of Death – Bridging the TRL Gap between Research, Innovation & Commercial Application”
Thomas Minter, Director, Malaby Biogas
10.20-10.40“A Bio-Carbon Future – Death and Resurrection of the AD Industry?”
Professor Mike Mason – University of Oxford, UK and Chairmn Tropical Power Kenya
10.40-11.00Questions and Answers with the morning speakers
11.00-11.20Coffee break, networking and exhibition
11.20-11.40“How SESA operated one of the world’s largest plants with over 530,000 tonnes of food and green waste digested and composted in 2018”
Wilbert Smeets, Technical Director, SESA Italy
11.40—12.00“DMT specializing in waste water treatment (sludge reduction with increase of biogas production) and the desulphurization and contaminant removal from biogas”
Harmen Dekker, Manager Business Development, DMT the Netherlands
12.00-12.20“The most advanced pre&post treatment technologies for the highest performance in anaerobic digestion with complex substrates”
Riccardo Gefter Wondrich, International Sales Manager, BTS Biogas
12.20-12.40“The industrial processes through all stages of construction at the cogeneration plant: consulting, design, production, installation, commissioning and service”
Vladimir Oprescu, AB Energy
12.40-13.00“Τhe Greek Experience in the biogas field”
Konstantinos Nikakis, Tetoros Machinery S.A
13.00-13.20“The Sebigas project development for the Greek Agroindustrial market”
Dimitris Mirtsos, Sebigas
13.20-13.40Questions and Answers with speakers from the second morning session
13.40-14.30Lunch break, networking and exhibition

Session #4 | Research and Innovation- the new frontiers for biogas

14.30-14.50“Waste to energy biogas project near Athens”
Dr. Petrocheilos, General Manager, KΙΕFER
14.50-15.20“Research projects in which the NTUA is involved”
Prof. Maria Loizidou, National Technical University of Athens
15.20-15.50“An urban biorefinery to convert organic waste into bio-based plastics: the H2020 Res Urbis project”
Dr. Francesco Valentino- University La Sapienza, Rome
15.50-16.20“How a by-product from biogas such as CO2 can be converted into valuable new materials such as biodegradable bioplastics”
Dr Fabiana Fantinel- Managing Director, Innoexc Gmbh Switzerland
16.20-16.40Questions and Answers to speakers of the afternoon session
16.40-17.00Closing Remarks
17.30-19.30Farewell Cocktail Reception @ the Exhibition Area (*open to all delegates & accompanying persons)


09.30-13.30Site Visit to Biogas Plant near Athens BEAL S.A.
Leader in generating renewable electricity & saving CO2 emissions & Megabiogas a biogas plant which produces electricity and heat sold to the Public Power Corporation S.A Hellas
09.30-13.30Optional Tours (Daily Cruise or Acropolis & the New Acropolis Museum)

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