A Seminar, Two Conferences and Two Secondments

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The last few months have been busy for one of the ATBEST fellows, as her time in the ATBEST project has come to an end. Paz Vilanova has attended to two conferences; the 8th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment, and the ATBEST Conference: Biogas for the future. In addition, at the University Duisburg-Essen she gave a presentation in the seminar DAAD Alumni Project WE-Chain II “Water, Waste & Energy – Environmental and Supply Chain Management. Finally, Paz undertook two secondments, as part of the ATBEST program; one of the secondments was held in TH Köln (Campus Gummersbach) and and the other at the Environmental Research Institute of University College Cork. 

Seminar: DAAD Alumni Project WE-Chain II “Water, Waste & Energy – Environmental and Supply Chain Management

The University Duisburg- Essen held from 23 to 28 May 2016 the second alumni seminar project Water, Waste & Energy – Environmental and Supply Chain Management (WE-Chain II).



The seminar combined interdisciplinary former students and visiting scientists of German universities, coming from developing countries, to exchange knowledge and experiences on current issues of environmental and supply chain management in the water, waste and energy sector. There were participants from Africa, Asia and South America. The seminar involved topics such as water resources management, water and wastewater treatment, energy generation from waste, and waste removal and recycling.

On Friday 27 th Paz gave a presentation on “Bio-energy supply chain management”, her speech was on bioenergy supply chain management in general, and focussed deeply on Biogas supply chain management regarding biogas and digestate, main products generated throughout the biogas process.

8th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment

The 8th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment was held in Valencia, Spain, 7 – 9 June 2016, organised by the Wessex Institute.



The Conference brought together professionals, researchers, public institutions and governments, who exchanged information on solutions of problems related to the waste produced by modern society.

The papers presented at the conference covered a wide variety of topics which were classified in the following sessions: hazardous waste, reduce, recycle and recovery, health care impact, remote sensing, energy from waste, landfill optimisation and mining, pre-treatment of MSW (municipal solid waste), industrial waste management, and wastewater.

Paz Vilanova presented her paper ‘A review of the current digestate distribution models: storage and transport’, the first day of the conference. In her presentation, Paz talked about the current digestate distribution models in Europe and the difficulties of the management of the by-product.

Her paper can be found in the WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, Volume 202, 2016. (http://www.witpress.com/elibrary/wit-transactions-on-ecology-and-the-environment/202/35486)



ATBEST Conference: Biogas for the future

The ATBEST international conference was hosted at the Linköping Konsert and Kongress from 7 to 8 September 2016.



The ATBEST international conference, with more than 90 participants, combined the presentations of the ATBEST fellows and speeches of stakeholders, public institutions representatives and researchers from the biogas sector.

The conference included sessions focussed on the potential of anaerobic digestion technologies and their applications, the importance of new feedstocks, innovative digestion conditions, process monitoring, and sustainable investments.

Paz Vilanova presented the first day in Session I: Feedstocks, Digestion and Process Monitoring, and her speech was focused on Digestate Processing. Paz chose the present topic for the conference, because digestate processing technologies can play an important role in the management of digestate by providing water reduction, nutrient management, proper storage, or enhance quality of the by-product.



Her presentation can be found at the ATBEST proceedings: http://www.atbest.eu/Conference/Proceedings

ATBEST secondments

During the ATBEST program, the researchers undertake secondments that allow knowledge exchange and developing collaborations between Universities and Institutes. This reason brought Paz to two different locations, Gummersbach and Cork. She spent 7 weeks at TH Köln (Campus Gummerbach) in Germany, and 5 weeks at the University College Cork Environmental Research Institute in Ireland.

Her first secondment started last July in Gummersbach, it was divided in two periods, first period was in July and August for 4 weeks, and second period was, after the ATBEST international conference and her second secondment, in November, for 3 weeks more.

In her stay, at the Automation and Industrial IT department, Paz got some advice in modelling and simulation to improve and implement the mathematical model that was developed during the project. As well she got some data from Metabolon to try to model its digestate distribution.

The following photos shows part of the installations in Metabolon, which is a waste disposal center considered as one of the most modern waste disposal sites in Europe and a reference facility for international experts.





For the second secondment Paz went to the University College Cork Environmental Research Institute (ERI).  In the course in the ERI, Paz worked with geographic information system softwares, such as QGIS and ArcGIS to develop a mapping analysis for North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany, at the Sustainable Energy & Environmental Engineering research group headed by Professor Jerry Murphy. She could get advice from Richard O’Shea, who has developed similar analysis for Ireland.



During her stay at ERI, Paz had the possibility to visit one of the ATBEST fellows at Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, which is the national body providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities located in Dublin.




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