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Anaerobic Digestion Forum

Exploring the role of anaerobic digestion in the bioplastics industry

Don't miss the Anaerobic Digestion Forum!

Book now for Anaerobic Digestion 2012Smithers Rapra's Biopolymers Symposium's new half-day event will explore the role that anaerobic digestion could play in the U.S., policy initiatives, feedstock supply and much more.

At the Anaerobic Digestion Forum, attendees will learn the true potential of this technology from key stakeholders and government adopters like BASF; BioFerm Energy; City of Madison, Streets Division; Darby Marketing; ERM; Organic Waste Systems, Inc (OWS); Smithers Rapra and the Wisconsin State Energy Office.

The exploration of this important topic will be led by our esteemed advisory board:

Norma McDonald,
North America Sales Manager,
Organic Waste Systems, Inc (OWS)
Norma McDonald
John Baldus,
Sustainable Manufacturing Sector Specialist,
Wisconsin State Energy Office
John Baldus
Joseph Mecca,
Senior Consultant,
ERM
Joseph Mecca
Debra Darby,
Principal
Darby Marketing
Debra Darby
Amber Blythe,
Application Engineer,
BioFerm Energy
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"The US is a country with a strong consumer ethic; while there is nothing wrong with this per se, we are producing enormous amounts of waste that typically go to landfill. It's critical that we start to implement more advanced technologies to sort and treat our waste, which can then to maximize benefit to our society. It's a no brainer to introduce a system which can help monetize streams of food waste, for example, and even certain bioplastics that may be included as packaging or food service ware. Anaerobic Digestion is precisely that system which will allow for responsible waste treatment combined with the ability to generate energy from a renewable source, all without any of the fugitive methane found in active landfill systems."
Joseph Mecca, Senior Consultant, ERM

The agenda for the inaugural Anaerobic Digestion Forum

12:00 p.m. Registration
12:30 p.m. Opening remarks from the Co-Chairs
John Baldus, Sustainable Manufacturing Sector Specialist, Wisconsin State Energy Office, and Debra Darby, Principal, Darby Marketing

12:40 p.m. Economic value: facilitating bioplastics in AD to grow the market from an end of life point of view
Debra Darby, Principal, Darby Marketing

1:10 p.m. Policy options to advance organic waste-to-energy projects

  • Current landscape
  • 1603 credits and how it impacted investment
  • Potential bonding options from a WI view
  • Potential policy to push organic to AD & pull-through from government
  • Decreasing government budgets will impact consumers cost to dispose and recycling programs

John Baldus, Sustainable Manufacturing Sector Specialist, Wisconsin State Energy Office

1:40 p.m. Feedstock supply: bioplastics as feedstocks for digesters
Norma McDonald, North America Sales Manager, Organic Waste Systems, Inc (OWS)


Networking Break


2:40 p.m. Compostable bags in European AD facilities: state of the art and margins for optimization

  • Designs of current AD technologies and pretreatment options
  • Interactions between compostable plastic bags and AD systems
  • Case studies from European countries

Christian Garaffa, Marketing Manager Source Separation & Recycling, Novamont

3:10 p.m. Life cycle of biodegradable plastics

  • The degradation of Biodegrable plastics in a digester
  • Data from BioFerm facility in University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Production of biomethane and use of the methane to produce bioplastics

Amber Blythe, Application Engineer, BioFerm Energy

3:40 p.m. Biodegradable plastics in Anaerobic Digestion

  • Industrial composting of organic waste is an established technology, especially in Germany and certain other European countries
  • Organic waste diversion is driven by system cost reduction potentials and a general trend towards more sustainable waste management
  • In recent years a complementary technology - anaerobic digestion - has emerged
  • In this emerging waste management infrastructure it is important to understand how biodegradable plastics can be processed in anaerobic digestion plants

Dr. Carsten Sinkel, Advanced Materials & Systems Research - Biopolymers, BASF

4:10 p.m. Panel Discussion: Waste management, AD solution to bioplastics, from beginning of life to end of life
Moderator:
Joseph Mecca, Senior Consultant, ERM
Panelists:

  • Norma McDonald, North America Sales Manager, Organic Waste Systems, Inc (OWS)
  • Dr. Carsten Sinkel, Advanced Materials & Systems Research - Biopolymers, BASF

4:55 p.m. Closing remarks and end of forum

5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception

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