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Thursday, December 27

10:15-10:55
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Bernard B Sheff

Montrose Environmental Group, USA

Title

RNG and the renewable fuel standard/low carbon fuel standard: The current driver in US biogas market

Biography

Experienced vice president of engineering with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry. Skilled in waste, sustainable development, environmental compliance, environmental issues, and biogas. strong entrepreneurship professional with a BS and MS focused in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.

 

Abstract

The Workshop will address the current status of Biogas and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) development in the United States and the describe in summary fashion the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS). The summary will discuss how the programs operate, how various projects can participate and the methodologies for receiving income under each program.

Once the basis of the two programs is understood, the workshop will look at several projects currently operating in the United States and how these projects are providing RNG for transportation and pipeline injection. One case in particular to be discussed will focus on a large dairy complex providing RNG for transportation of milk to several bottling locations in the Midwest. The Workshop will conclude with a discussion of new projects and expected path forward with both programs.

11:15-11:55
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Oyenike Makanjuola

University of Huddersfield, UK

Title

The development of sorghum bran based bio-refinery process

Biography

Oyenike Makanjuola obtained her B.Sc in Bowen University, Nigeria in 2011 and obtained her M.Sc at the University of Huddersfield in 2014 with a Distinction. As a result, she was awarded the Vice chancellor Scholarship for her PhD programme at the University of Huddersfiled. Oyenike is currently a 4th year PhD student in the School of Applied Sciences, the University Of Huddersfield. Her research area focuses on the conversion of sorghum waste biomass and wheat straw into value added products.

 

Abstract

The project aims to develop a sorghum waste biomass based bio-refinery process to convert sorghum bran into value added products. Sorghum bran is a food waste rich in starch and cellulose, making it a suitable substrate for bio-refinery process development. Solid state and submerge fungal fermentations were carried out first to culture A. awamori for the production of gluco-amylase. Then the enzyme solutions were used for the enzymatic hydrolysis of sorghum bran for the production of a glucose rich fermentation medium. The impact of pH, temperature, yeast extract, mineral content and inoculation ratio on enzyme activities were investigated in both solid state fermentation and submerged fermentation. Response Surface Methodology (RSM) was used to further optimize the gluco-amylase activity. The hydrolysis efficiency of sorghum bran using the enzyme solution was evaluated. Sorghum bran hydrolysate was used as substrate for the production of bio-ethanol demonstrating the feasibility of converting a sorghum waste biomass to value added products via a sustainable and environmental friendly process.

 

11:55-12:35
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Pradip Lingfa

North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, India

Title

Biofuel and its potential towards greener and safer future

Biography

Oyenike Makanjuola obtained her B.Sc in Bowen University, Nigeria in 2011 and obtained her M.Sc at the University of Huddersfield in 2014 with a Distinction. As a result, she was awarded the Vice chancellor Scholarship for her PhD programme at the University of Huddersfiled. Oyenike is currently a 4th year PhD student in the School of Applied Sciences, the University Of Huddersfield. Her research area focuses on the conversion of sorghum waste biomass and wheat straw into value added products.

Abstract

The rapid escalation of fuel prices, shortage of conventional petroleum based fuels and depleting hydrocarbon reserves of the world have forced to look for alternatives fuels to cater the ever increasing demands of fuel in transportation sector. In the present study biodiesel were produced from Messua ferrei and Waste cooking oil  locally available in North Eastern Region of India. The physio-chemical characteristics were determined and compared with conventional diesel fuel as per ASTM Standards. The biodiesel produced from two feedstock's were blended with different proportion by volume to test in a single cylinder four stroke diesel engine. After the engine test, it was observed that there is significance improvement in engine performance and reduction in exhaust emissions while using biodiesel fuel in diesel engine. However there is slight increased in Nox emission. Thus biodiesel produced from non-edible vegetable oils can be use in existing conventional diesel engine satisfactorily without any hardware modifications.

 

13:35-14:15
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Abiodun Timilehin

Word Impact Renewable Energy Limited, Nigeria

Title

Biomass:An underrated and deprioritized energy potential

Biography

Abiodun Timilehin is a Physicist and Renewable energy enterpreneur.His passion for adding Impact to humaity has motivated him to adopt renewable energy as a career,as such,a revolutionary solution for economic development.He is the founder of Word Impact Renewable Energy (WIRE),Nigeria.WIRE is currently working on what is proposed as the largest Biomass-Biogas project in Africa.WIRE is an inspiration from God.
 

Abstract

It is pleasing to know that Biomass which is commonly regarded as waste materials are being explored all over the world for the benefit of mankind.However,it is worrisome to know that Biomass is yet to be explored at places with enough Biomass potential.Citing ,Africa/Nigeria as an example,Nigeria's main energy carrier is Biomass with 81.25% energy potential while other sources of energy share 18.75%.At 2018,Nigeria is yet to explore 1killowatt of electricity from Biomass to the grid.One can wonder how many places suffer  darkness in Africa due to the neglect of Biomass.
 
Academic and Financial Institutions,Renewable Energy companies are also playing a major role in underrating and depririoritizing Biomass energy.Over relying on other sources of energy has limited academic institutions on realizing the need to carry out more research on Biomass.Financial institutions are also not well informed enough to know that Biomass projects should be funded more in areas with Biomass as their major energy carrier.Most Renewable Energy companies are more profit oriented than development oriented.These factors,due to lack of information is responsible for underrating and deprioritizing Biomass potential in developing nations.
 
Projects such as WIRE project at Oke - Aro pig farm estate should be encouraged and given enough support because people need to see a major example.Putting more aggression into informing people about Biomass as an energy source would give people the knowledge that Biomass energy do not need rocket science.
Wastes will still be wasting in the midst of insufficient electricity and  fertilizer,until many African countries start realizing their main energy potential sources and by rating and prioritizing Biomass as a great energy potential.
 

  • Advanced Biofuels | Biomass Technology
    Location: Conference Hall: Pegase
Speaker

Chair

Pradip Lingfa

North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, India

Session Introduction: Thursday, December 27

14:15-14:45
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Kazuei Ishii

Hokkaido University, Japan

Title

Agricultural waste to energy toward biomass community planning

Biography

Kazuei Ishii is professor in Laboratory of Sound Material Cycle Systems in Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, since 2018. His research topics is as follows: 
1.Research on soil and groundwater contamination and remediation: (1) Numerical simulation of contaminants transport and fate in groundwater: (2)Development of biological treatment method (bioreactor or in-situ bioremediation): (3)Nitrate groundwater pollution by daily farms, 2. Research on final disposal system of municipal solid waste: (1) Method of promotion to stabilization of landfilled waste: (2) Numerical modeling for washing pollutants from waste layer, 3. Research on development of biomass utilization systems such as biogas and biosolid fuels
 

Abstract

Biomass resources are abundant, and especially the large amount of agricultural waste, such as cow manure, rice straw, rice husk, etc., is generated in Hokkaido, Japan. Since a law for feed-in tariff (FIT) was enacted, the number of biogas plants for cow manure has been increasing to produce electricity. In addition, new businesses related to the biogas plants have been launched. For example, in Shikaoi town, mango is cultivated and sturgeon is cultured by using heat generated from biogas. In addition, biogas is converted to hydrogen to be stored for a long period. On the other hands, 60% of rice straw in Japan is incorporated into paddy fields and naturally degrades into the paddy soils, following the 1997 ban of open field burning of rice straw, although some rice straw is effectively used already. Rice straw pellets were produced commercially in Nanporo town. It was the first case in Japan. The rice straw pellets are used at a public bath (biomass boiler) and public facilities (pellet stove). I will introduce successful examples, including the examples other than the above, for agricultural waste to energy in Hokkaido and discuss what kinds of benefits have been generated for local community.

11:25-11:50
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Aijuka Nicholas

Makerere University, Uganda

Title

Societal harm arising from environmental toxicity

Biography

Mr. Aijuka Nicholas is a final year student of Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering at Makerere University Kampala Uganda in the department of Civil and environmental Engineering. I have been focusing on environmental field throughout my course of study and I have authored articles for some international waste Journals.

Abstract

Many societies in Uganda are increasingly suffering the repercussions that have been arising from rampant air pollution, increase in contamination of water and the land for tilling with many refuses full of toxins from manufacturing plants.

In the rural set up of the countryside, many of the natives have quite often blamed it on government for lack of strict laws and penalties on the perpetuators of environmental laws which has consequently led to high health problems like the airborne diseases because of polluted air, low fertility rate of the soils which has adverse impacts on production levels yet Agriculture is the biggest income earner for many homesteads in Uganda.

Generally, this paper exudes the environmental toxicity and the harm it has caused to the society. This is through getting to the directly implicated societies like those in Hima kasese where there have been clear indicators of what this paper seeks to bring to light and what other civil society organizations have been able to assess with help of the community members.

The unbelievable challenges faced during the execution of the sustainable programmes and public sensitization are to be put to light in this paper with the collection of evidence and the law enforcement procedures.

 

15:15-15:45
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Steven Estes

Star BioEnergy Holdings, USA

Title

Status of biogas upgrading in the US: Current projects and technologies

Biography

Former owner of a construction company that built heavy industrial, commercial and power projects, including multiple wind projects across North America. Founded Star in 2008, leading to a transaction of 1,400 MW of wind developments in 2009.

 

Abstract

This session will discuss several biogas upgrading technologies for the production of RNG currently in operation in the US. Specifically, the discussion will focus on operating projects and how different technologies are being utilized in different locations. This will include water wash, membrane and unique iron recovery systems for biogas generated from both Anaerobic Digestion Facilities and Landfill applications. The case studies presented will include source of biogas, technology in use and summaries various operational outcomes will be provided.

 

15:15-15:45
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Bernard B Sheff

Montrose Environmental Group, USA

Title

Status of biogas upgrading in the US: Current projects and technologies

Biography

Vice President of Biogas Engineering Mr. Sheff brings 34 years of experience in the design and operation of digesters and nutrient management systems. His first digester started in December of 1991 at a packing facility in Plainwell, Michigan. He has provided trouble shooting for digestion systems across the United States and Europe and is a professional engineer licensed in 4 states. Mr. Sheff will provide principal oversight to all anaerobic digestion projects.

 

Abstract

This session will discuss several biogas upgrading technologies for the production of RNG currently in operation in the US. Specifically, the discussion will focus on operating projects and how different technologies are being utilized in different locations. This will include water wash, membrane and unique iron recovery systems for biogas generated from both Anaerobic Digestion Facilities and Landfill applications. The case studies presented will include source of biogas, technology in use and summaries various operational outcomes will be provided.

 

 

  • Workshop
    Location: Pegase
  • Bioenergy & Applications | Biogas and Biodiesel | Nanotechnology in Biofuels
    Location: Conference Hall: Pegase
Speaker

Chair

Pradip Lingfa

North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, India