Wshop170919: Processing food and municipal waste to energy

.... a showcase of innovative waste-to-energy technologies for application in New Zealand, Australia and internationally

Integrating liquid and solid waste-to-energy facilities can produce economies of scale and good financial returns in investment.  The capture and combustion of biogas from municipal organic waste is currently generating about 40MWe of electricity in New Zealand and has the added benefit of mitigating 1.5 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent or 3% of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.  Recent work has identified that additional facilities producing 1.9PJ of biogas per annum could be installed.  Similar opportunities exist in the food processing sector and throughout Australia.  Innovative redesign and upgrading of existing WWTP are allowing a wider range of feedstocks to be processed thus avoiding disposal to landfill and avoiding the need for other capital expenditures.

If you are considering an upgrade or the replacement of existing liquid and solid waste plant, this event was for you.  Attendees met Australasia’s leading waste-to-energy experts.  Shared knowledge and experience of successful plant owners. Got an update on the plant now available and showcased its applications.


  • Integrated processing of solid and liquid organic waste streams into municipal wastewater treatment infrastructure, by David Leinster, Aquatec Maxcon
  • The potential for further biogas plant to be added to municipal waste treatment facilities, by Jurgen Thiele, Calibre
  • The potential for biogas plant to be added to food processing waste treatment facilities, by Alzbeta Bouskova, BPO Ltd
  • New UK markets for digestate from anaerobic digestion, by Nina Sweet, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
  • Integrating WtE with recycling food processing residues, by Charles Widdicombe, Eco Stock
  • Economic viability of commercial anaerobic digestion of food waste, by Joseph Oliver, Biogass Renewables
  • Why wouldn't Councils want to extract value from their waste?, by Chris Pepper & Vero Lim, Manawatu District Council
  • Energy Neutral WWTPs for NZ - A dream or reality?, by Gary Macdonald, Beca Amec
  • Palmerston North's road to riches, by Phil Burt, Wastewater Asset Engineer, Palmerston North City Council
  • Extracting value from biosolids utilisation, by Bob Szrot, Opus
  • The art of integrating solid and liquid waste streams, by Marc Stammbach, Hitachi Zosen Innova
  • Waste-to-Energy of municipal waste streams via pyrolysis using the REGEN business model, by Leigh Ramsey, Enterprise Otaki
  • Energy and fertiliser from food waste in France, by Adeline Bartoletti, Hot Lime Labs
  • How to double capacity and quadruple revenue, by Jurgen Thiele, Calibre
  • The Australian waste-to-energy strategy, by Bernadette McCabe, IEA Bioenergy Task 37, Australian National Team Leader, University of Southern Queensland
  • The New Zealand waste-to-energy strategy, by Brian Cox, Bioenergy Association

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