1. Start Workshop
Good AD research starts with good techniques. This is AD 101, a workshop for researchers fresh in the field of anaerobic digestion although also more advanced researchers will benefit from the tips and tricks that are offered by experts in the field. We learn about the basic techniques, e.g., running BMP and SMA tests, but will also learn you to assess the activity of the anaerobic digestion process through more advanced techniques, including looking into the microbial communities via diverse approaches. Apart from common anaerobic digestion feed streams, also more complex feeds are tackled.
- Key Organiser: KU Leuven, Ilse Smets, Raf Dewil and Lise Appels
- Location: Ghent
2. Predict-it Workshop
Anaerobic digestion is a complex process involving numerous microorganisms that catalyse the step-wise conversion of organic matter to methane containing biogas. Computational modelling of anaerobic digestion helps to understand the delicate balance between the different microorganisms in the process, but also allows for predicting biogas production rates and process pH-values as a function of the operational variables. The anaerobic digestion model no. 1 (ADM1) that has been developed approximately 15 years ago is widely applied for these purposes, but one may wonder if the complexity of ADM1 is adequate to fulfil this wide range of objectives.
On the first day of the workshop we will discuss the use of ADM1, recent add-ons (chemical speciation modelling, CFD modelling, sulphur cycle conversions), and specific dedicated (simplified) models. On the second day of the workshop we will focus on more detailed modelling metabolic pathways with thermodynamic constraints for novel anaerobic bioprocesses like (i) chain elongation processes for MCFA production, (ii) biohydrogen production, (iii) mixed culture fermentations for carboxylate production, and (iv) bioelectrochemical systems.
Group discussions on the first day of the workshop will focus on the future of ADM1, and the developments required. On the second day of the workshop participants will conduct exercises with a simple computational tool to get acquainted with thermodynamic state analysis and flux analysis of key metabolic process. On the third day state of the art research will be presented related to anaerobic digestion modelling.
- Key organiser: Delft University of Technology, Robbert Kleerebezem
- Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
3. Change Workshop
New applications are arising around AD, such as chain elongation, fertilizer production, bioelectrochemical systems, biomethane… and AD technology as such is constantly evolving. To really change the world we need highly skilled and talented entrepreneurs.
Would you like to become an entrepreneur? Are you wondering what you could do after your PhD? Do you want to start-up an own company to implement the things you just discovered? If so, join this workshop!
You will be fostered in enterpreneurship for three days. Startlife (www.start-life.nl) will support you to develop your enterpreneurial competences, to further stimulate your own business ideas. The topic of the workshop is ‘closed resource cycles in a one million city’. You will be inspired by experienced entrepreneurs and scientists who have bridged the gap from science to application. We will engage with spin-off companies, as well as established companies who talk about their technology and discuss the hurdles of bringing their technology to fruition.
- Key-organisers: Wageningen University & Research, Annemiek ter Heijne, David Strik, Gitte Schober
- Location: Wageningen
4. Magic Workshop
Methane is a wonderful molecule, basically a small bag of carbon and energy. We can do much more with it than burn it, rather we should use it as a feedstock. We should not just think about the methane but also about all the other attractive “products” available in the biomass feedstock. In this workshop, we look at the emerging applications of methane, starting with learning the techniques of how biogas can be converted on site not only to power but also to biomethane. We learn about making more methane (power-to-gas), grid injection and then production of attractive new compounds such as feed and food protein, carbon monoxide… on site.
- Key Organiser: UGent, Korneel Rabaey
- Location: Ghent