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10th International Freiberg Conference on Waste Gasification from 19-21 September 2022 in Freiberg, Germany

Over 150 international participants came together at the 10th International Freiberg Conference (IFC) to discuss about opportunities, challenges and developments in the production of syngas and hydrogen from challenging secondary feedstock via waste gasification. This event was organized by the Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering (IEC) and brought together intersectoral specialists and practitioners from the industry with researchers for 3 days of intensive discussion and networking. 

On Monday, the event kicked off with a compact course to provide an overview of chemical recycling processes, in particularly waste gasification. This was followed by an evening welcome reception at the Terra Mineralia where international participants visited one of the most valuable and significant mineral collections worldwide. Over the next two days, participants not only had the chance to hear about the latest developments in the field of waste gasification, the conference dinner held at IEC on Tuesday evening also enabled participants the opportunity to visit the institute’s extensive laboratory, bench-scale and pilot facilities, and engage IEC’s experts and specialists in dialogue.

Another highlight of the conference program was the industry panel session on Wednesday morning, where experts from the chemical (BASF, COVESTRO), energy (RWE), recycling (Puraglobe, PreZero Pyral) sectors came together for a cross-sectorial discussion on their strategies and activities for defossilization and circularity as well as challenges faced. The industry panel also included Illinois Clean Fuels which is developing a MSW-to-Sustainable Aviation Fuel project in USA in combination with carbon capture and storage to share perspectives of developments outside of Europe. Finally, the conference rounded up on Thursday with technical tours to mechanical treatment facilities for packaging waste and MSW (i.e. Becker Umwelt and RABA plant by AWVC), as well as to Puraglobe to view its HyRes pyrolysis technology for used oil and lubricants recycling.

At the end of the 10th International Freiberg Conference, IFC initiator and Chairman Prof. Bernd Meyer also officially “passed on the baton” of the conference to his successor at IEC Prof. Martin Gräbner. Prof. Gräbner will be chairing the next IFC conference which is planned to be held in Shanghai, China.

For more information about the International Freiberg Conference, please visit https://gasification-freiberg.com/

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